Thread: Pre-Game Talk: Winter Classic / HBO 24/7
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11-22-2011, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
Not surprising that Gretzky wants no part of the NHL Winter Classic. Wayne is not on very good terms with the NHL these days. Gretzky had a contract with the Coyotes which the NHL doesn't have to honor because he signed it with the previous owner Jerry Moyes. Legal mumbo jumbo. The Coyotes filed for bankruptcy and Gretzky has not gotten paid. Other creditors have gotten paid. Gretzky is owed $8M.



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Gretzky loved playing and living in NY for three years. He would have played if the game was here because of his affinity for NY. He shouldn't be doing any favors for the NHL. You know Sather and Messier spoke to Gretzky about playing on Philly but he wanted to part of it. Can't blame him.
So are we to assume that Messier is 100% in? I had figured that he would be... but hadn't heard an official announcement yet. Any other alum that we can assume are in that have not been announced yet?

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