CSKA Moscow Launch Legal Action Over Shirokov

Kevin LeeContributor IJune 16, 2009

KELOWNA, CANADA - DECEMBER 31:  Radek Fiala #1 and Ondrej Smach #5 of Team Czech Republic drop their heads as Sergei Shirokov #29 of Team Russia celebrates his goal during their World Junior Hockey Championship game at Prospera Place December 31, 2005 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

As reported by various sources last week, the Vancouver Canucks have indeed signed Russian winger Sergei Shirokov to a two-year entry-level contract at a base salary of $875,000 per season plus bonuses.

However, James Mirtle of From the Rink is reporting that Shirokov's Kontinental Hockey League team, CSKA Moscow has launched legal action over the signing. This could explain why the signing has not been formally announced by the team yet.

Shirokov was the Canucks' sixth round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was acquired as part of the Roberto Luongo trade from Florida.

Comments: What can the court do to stop a player from wanting out? They couldn't stop Evgeni Malkin from coming over to North America and couldn't stop Alexander Radulov from bolting to Russia.

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