Turns out Igor Larionov has one more skill to add to what was an amazing range of skills: news breaker. Larionov’s interview at Oilers Nation with Andrey Osadchenko is well worth the read.
The interview is here. There are some uncomfortable moments (like the one above) because Larionov is clearly in the know. Example:
- Larionov: Tambellini told me: ‘We like him. We want him. But we’re going to make a decision the day before the draft’. I also know the Habs want to get one of my guys – either Nail or Alex [Galchenyuk]. So do the Leafs. It is possible that the Leafs are going to trade their draft pick and get both of them. There is a possibility like that. Nail and Alex went to New Jersey for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After this they met Leafs GM Brian Burke. Then Nail met with the Habs.
The uncomfortable bit is the possibility that Burke and Tambellini will do business. A scenario where Toronto deals up for 1-2 ala the Sedins is a long shot, but the Leafs do have some nice things (Gardiner, Gunnarsson, Schenn, Franson, Kulemin, Bozak, #5 overall, Brad Ross, Nazem Kadri, Matt Frattin).
It’s a long shot, as Toronto would need to satisfy both Edmonton and Columbus to be sure of getting their men. I very much doubt it happens, in fact there are very few people who would even be credible suggesting the scenario.
However, one of them is Igor Larionov.