the problem with bure was that he had a fallout with the canucks management after a new contract in 1994. Dude has skills though.
Shirokov voluntarily asked his KHL team to release him so that he could sign with the canucks and try out for the team even though he might not make the team. (If hes cut, he will only be making $96,000 playing for moose, if he makes it, hes making the rookie maximum salary of $850k) He's taking a pretty big chance coming over here and bringing his GF over here to learn english. It's nice to see he has dedication.