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Friday, July 18, 2008

Report: Larionov to join SKA St. Petersburg as Director of Hockey Operations

From Jeff Klein of the NY Times:

Hall of Famer Igor Larionov has agreed to become the director of hockey operations for SKA St. Petersburg, the KHL club owned by league president and Gazprom export CEO Alexander Medvedev and coached by U.S. citizen Barry Smith, the Russian daily Sovietskiy Sport is reporting.

According to the report, Larionov will sign a two-year deal with SKA upon his arrival at the St. Petersburg airport on Sunday afternoon, at which point he will meet with reporters. Soon after, according to the report, he will join the team at its training camp in Finland.

Read the entire report from Slap Shot here.

Larionov was rumored to be a candidate to join Scotty Bowman if he had taken over the Leafs last season. While that clearly didn't come to fruition, Larionov has opted to stay in Russia and take a managerial position at home. I'm sure there were NHL teams interested in his managerial services, so this is a great hire for the KHL.

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