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Larionov retires at age 43

By Wire services
Published April 20, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Devils center Igor Larionov announced his retirement Monday.

The 43-year-old Larionov, the oldest player to compete in the league this season, signed with New Jersey as a free agent in September.

He had hoped to win a fourth Stanley Cup to cap a professional career that began in 1980 in the former Soviet Union.

But the Flyers ousted the defending Cup champions in an opening-round series that ended Saturday.

He will wear a uniform once more for a farewell exhibition in Moscow in December.

"It will be my first time coming back to play for the Russians," Larionov said. "It will be a chance to say goodbye."

Larionov finished his career with 169 goals and 644 points in 921 games. In addition to the Devils, Larionov played for the Canucks, Sharks, Panthers and Red Wings, with whom he won Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

BLUE JACKETS: The team signed center Greg Mauldin to a multiyear deal and defenseman Brandon Sugden to a one-year deal with a club option.

BLUES: Forward Mike Danton is in dire need of psychological counseling as he remains jailed on an alleged murder-for-hire plot, the player's agent said.

"Mike is scared," agent Dave Frost said. "He's still in a state where he doesn't actually understand what's happened. He's in desperate, desperate need of counseling, immediately. We're doing what we can to keep his mind-set as strong as we possibly can."

Danton was arrested Friday. He remains jailed in California pending extradition to the St. Louis area. The date for Danton's initial court appearance has not been set.

FLYERS: Defenseman Kim Johnsson hopes to play in the team's second-round playoff series despite breaking a bone in his right hand.

MAPLE LEAFS: Captain Mats Sundin skated for the first time since injuring his left leg, but he'll still probably miss Game 7 against the Senators.

PREDATORS: Barry Trotz signed a one-year contract extension after coaching Nashville to its first playoff appearance.

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