playing together with his defensive partner Slava Fetisov, they were
considered to be the best defensive pair outside the NHL. Some experts
said that he was even better than Fetisov. Kasatonov was the favourite
player of former Soviet coach Viktor Tikhonov. That was one reason
why the friendship with Fetisov came to an end.
The Russian players,
led by Larionov and Fetisov, forced the rebellion against the Soviet
system for better treatment and the permission to play outside of
Russia. Kasatonov didn’t support their stance.
Even after joining the New Jersey
Devils half way through the ‘89-90 season and being reunited
with Fetisov, the two continued to dislike each other and avoided