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Nikita Zadorov delivers his thoughts on the Canucks organization

Published December 20, 2023 at 4:56 PM
BY COOPER GODIN
     
It's nearly been one month since the Vancouver Canucks went out and acquired Nikita Zadorov in a deal with the Calgary Flames and so far, it seems like a perfect fit.

Recently, Zadorov was a guest on the 'Dropping the Gloves' podcast and had plenty of praise for his new organization, talking about that it's another level in Vancouver.

Zadorov says that the coaching is incredible, having at least nine staff members on the ice during practices and that the group of players they have currently are very helpful and friendly.

"Well, the organization is different. It's the way they take care of the players. It's another level. I mean, I've probably seen something closer to that in Buffalo last time. The food, the staff, doctors, everything, like everything, top notch, literally. And I think the coaching for sure... During the practice, we have like nine coaches and they're like, we have two Sedins, we have Gonchar, we have Toch, we have Adam Foote." Zadorov said.


He added, "We literally have like unbelievable players in the past and they can always like, after some games, they come and they give you like those little tips where he can help you in a game. So they're super, super friendly. And it's like, it's a great environment inside the room because the players and the coaches are like connected. They're like best friends. You know what I mean? But they also like, we also super respectful to them and we're listening to them, but it's just a great, great chemistry in here between coaching staff. So I think that's for sure what stood out to me."

The Moscow native has appeared in eight games for the Canucks since the trade in late-November, putting up one assist, 24 penalty minutes and is a plus-five while adding 13 hits and 13 blocked shots.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens with Nikita Zadorov once the 2023-24 season comes to an end, as he's an unrestricted free agent. Zadorov would be a great piece on the Canucks blue line on a short-term contract, but there are reports circulating that he could be seeking as high as five or six years on his next deal.

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