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11-21-2003, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Bohologo
Let's not forget Gretz never signed here as a free agent, or came back to the team in another capacity. He's putting all his cash (some of it earned in Oil town) into some team in Arizona. I love Wayne, but he's made no efforts (until tomorrow) to give something back.

Lowe is living here when he doesn't need to (could have gone to NY), and is imbuing the current team with his toughness (bye Poti), competitiveness (bye Carter), and devotion to the Oil drop (stick around Staios, Smytty).

Lowe is shaping this team in his image, and I think it looks good.
Let's also not forget that Gretzky has been more about the game than about anything else. He is giving back... but he is giving back to the NHL.

He is in Phoenix not to own some team in Arizona... he is in phoenix to once again try and help the game grow. Edmonton does not need help selling the game... sure it would be nice for nostalgia and that, but it is not necessary.

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