Wayne Gretzky has been offered a job to coach in the Russian Continental Hockey League (KHL), according to a report from the Edmonton Journal.
The SKA St. Petersburg job recently became vacant after American coach Barry Smith resigned from the post after his club lost to Riga in the KHL playoffs.
Various sources state that Gretzky has been in close contact with the KHL in recent months. He was reportedly at the league's All-Star game in January. Added to that, the Great One was apparently seen frequenting the Russia House during the Olympic Games in Vancouver. St. Petersburg has not commented publicly on these reports.
This would probably be the best thing for Russian hockey. Whether you think Gretzky is a good coach or not, he is an incredibly active coach in terms of matching lines and putting certain players on the ice in certain positions (e.g., Z. Michalek basically was out for every own zone faceoff under Gretzky). Russian coaches do not understand or do not care about line matching or getting certain players on the ice in certain positions and for certain purposes. Someone needs to change that, and maybe Gretzky is the person to do it.