Brian Burke tears into Dylan Larkin for All-Star Game comments
Sportsnet's Brian Burke isn't a fan of Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin's recent comments regarding the All-Star Game.
"Please don't vote, I like the days off more," Larkin said to reporters earlier this week when asked about being a candidate for the "Last Man In" fan vote, per USA Today's Helene St. James. "I'm sure there's guys more deserving to go so I'm fine with that."
Burke, a former hockey executive and general manager, did not take Larkin's comments kindly.
"It's an honor to be a part of the All-Star weekend ... You should get a speeding ticket on your way to the airport to fly to this game Dylan Larkin, and you shouldn't scoff at it like that," Burke said during Sportsnet's "To The Point" segment on Saturday.
"A player acquires the right to turn this down like Alex Ovechkin, but that's after he played in about 12 or 15 of these," he continued. "International hockey, all the other stuff he's done, all the playoffs. Once you've done that, you can say no to this game."
Larkin, 23, appeared in the All-Star Game during his rookie season in 2016. He has 10 goals and 26 points in 42 games this campaign.
Burke went on to say that if he were Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman, he would have "ripped his face off" for the comments, adding "If you're going to be that stupid, do it off-camera."