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Larionov Turned Down Russian GM Position

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Igor Larionov was clearly very interested in the position of Russian GM for the Sochi Olympics because his negotiations with Russian Ice Hockey Federation head Vladislav Tretiak lasted for about six months.

But just last week the Wayne Gretzky of Russian hockey turned down the job. He did so for all of those traditional reasons that can bedevil the country’s hockey program. The way Tretiak had outlined the job, he would have had all the pressure but with no control.

“Before I did the job, I wanted to make sure I had the decisions on the team and the coach but that was not going to be in my control,” said Larionov from his home in Detroit…


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SYF's avatar

One of the finest and courageous men in the world.  So glad he got the chance to put his name on the Cup as Red Wings player.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 02/08/11 at 08:34 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

You know, if Igor Larionov was willing to be GM for me but had a few conditions, I think I’d be inclined to give him whatever the heck he wanted.

Smart man to turn it down if it isn’t what he wants. Why bother with the stress if you don’t have to?

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 02/08/11 at 10:33 PM ET

scotts0's avatar

And not to mention, he also has some smokin’ hot daughters.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 02/08/11 at 11:16 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

One of the finest hockey minds ever, and one of the most courageous men in the world.

Just wanted to tighten that up for ya SYF.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/08/11 at 11:33 PM ET

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