Catching up with Larionov
Jim Byers meets up with Igor Larionov in today's Toronto Star, and — among other things — the Russian legend says some of the team's in the NHL aren't worth watching:
Would you have liked to play under the current NHL rules?There's a ton of interesting stuff there, including quite a bit about Larionov's new wine-making business.
Yeah, that would've been nice. I was thinking last year of coming back, but I thought 27 years was enough. At the beginning I wasn't sure about the rule changes — so many penalties, so many calls. It's opened up the game, but I still think there are too many teams. ... I don't want to mention any teams, but it's a waste of money to watch them.
It turns out he'll be moving to California in the fall, where his daughters will be going to school. While Larionov started his career in Vancouver, I'll never forget his time in San Jose — especially his heroics in the 1993-94 playoffs when the 8th-seeded Sharks took out Detroit in Round 1.