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10-21-2011, 12:11 AM
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Gretzky not looking for work

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=596841

The Great One does not have the energy/passion to pursue any (full time) hockey opportunity at this time ("Never is a long time", but nothing on horizon).

So, don't look for him jumping into team/league position.

Enjoying life. Likes getting calls from Edmonton, Los Angeles, and talking hockey with GMs.

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They covered this in a segment on Sportscenter tonight, on TSN. Darren Dreger interviewed Gretzky, who explained his lack of interest/willpower to get back into the NHL full-time.

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10-21-2011, 12:36 AM
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good for him. I bet doesn't need to be dragged down by all the ridiculous hyperbole which would undoubtably follow him being named commissioner. let alone, being a GM of a team, or coach again.

Gretzky doesn't need to be bothered with the politics of the NHL, when he has kids, and grandkids on the way. I'm sure he's been investing his money, VERY wisely.

I'd rather see Gretzky do something to help make it easier for poor kids in Canada to be able to play hockey... you know something positive. Since being the commissioner of any sports league, or a coach, or GM, is accompanied by tons of negativity.

Lemieux would be a better commissioner anyways.

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good, because last time he had a job, he wasnt very good at it.

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good, because last time he had a job, he wasnt very good at it.
Haha this. I don't know what position he will actually be good at in the NHL.

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good, because last time he had a job, he wasnt very good at it.
When Don Maloney become the Phoenix GM in 2007 he had the audacity to require that head coach Gretzky actually attend all of the team practices.

TGO had been known to skip team practices, delegating them to his assistant coaches.


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10-21-2011, 08:05 AM
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When Don Maloney become the Phoenix GM in 2007 he had the audacity to require that head coach Gretzky actually attend all of the team practices.

TGO had been known to skip team practices, delegating them to his assistant coaches.
I'm not sure how unusual that is, I've heard of other coaches doing that.

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I'm sure he'll come back into the NHL in some way at some point, but don't blame him. His experience with the Coyotes pretty clearly drained him, and the fact that they went from crap to playoff contenders just about the second he left the team doesn't really do much to highlight his coaching abilities (granted, there were other factors).

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Haha this. I don't know what position he will actually be good at in the NHL.

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I saw him in a magazine endorsing some watch brand recently.

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Loved him as a player. Total flop as a coach; and the only reason he did it was for ridiculous amounts of money by capitalizing on his name — a name that was built by playing, not coaching.

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what job do we want Gretzky to do? Be a terrible coach or a terrible owner and help bankrupt another franchise? Or perhaps try his hand at being a terrible GM or terrible scout?

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Does anyone know what the status is of the deferred payments he was supposed to have received from Moyes, who without his knowledge, transferred his personal services contract from his personal holdings to the Coyotes before declaring Bankruptcy?. The NHL didnt pay him out when they acquired the team as he was an un-secured creditor. Im sure he's not a "hurtin unit" financially, however, if your Gretzky, Im' sure your more than just a little perturbed with the league as one of if not the games greatest stars to be left holding a handle on that bag.

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They covered this in a segment on Sportscenter tonight, on TSN. Darren Dreger interviewed Gretzky, who explained his lack of interest/willpower to get back into the NHL full-time.
The full 16-minute interview is on TSN. The final questions were about his sons and their involvement with hockey; Wayne figures that two of his sons have skated maybe 3-5 times in their lives, and admits that's just the way of life in the southwest part of the USA. Interesting comment and Dreger kind of left it hanging there; it felt like it was begging for the follow-up question, "Do you regret that?"

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good, because last time he had a job, he wasnt very good at it.
A greater truth has never been posted.

He's amazing. He lives in LA, loves it, lives the American dream. He goes back to Canada to reap endosement money and acts like he lives in Hudson Bay, true north all the way.

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He needs to get Gordie Howe's gig of just showing up at NHL Events and smiling and waving, and then go back into the formaldehyde storage chamber until the next one.

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Does anyone know what the status is of the deferred payments he was supposed to have received from Moyes, who without his knowledge, transferred his personal services contract from his personal holdings to the Coyotes before declaring Bankruptcy?. The NHL didnt pay him out when they acquired the team as he was an un-secured creditor. Im sure he's not a "hurtin unit" financially, however, if your Gretzky, Im' sure your more than just a little perturbed with the league as one of if not the games greatest stars to be left holding a handle on that bag.
Last update I saw was nearly a year ago that the NHL suit vs. Moyes had been transferred from the New York courts to the Federal court in Arizona. Gretzky's claim against Moyes was supposed to be included in that suit I believe.

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Funny how times change, I remember listening to a radio interview with Gretzky about 6 years ago. He was asked why he stays involved in hockey when he could just do nothing and relax for the rest of his life. Gretzky's response was, a person needs a purpose to get up in the morning.

Times have changed

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Sad I'd want him as a commissioner. He has played the game, love(d) it an actually cares about the tradition, integrity and physical aspect.

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The guy has everything he needs, why should he be in a hurry to take a job somewhere?

Let the man enjoy life and watch his kid play pro baseball.

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Funny how times change, I remember listening to a radio interview with Gretzky about 6 years ago. He was asked why he stays involved in hockey when he could just do nothing and relax for the rest of his life. Gretzky's response was, a person needs a purpose to get up in the morning.

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Perhaps, his purpose has become his family? Helping his son develop as a pro ball player might be more of a passion than helping strangers play hockey at this point in time.

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Sad I'd want him as a commissioner. He has played the game, love(d) it an actually cares about the tradition, integrity and physical aspect.
Wayne Gretzky doesnt have the tools to be the Commissioner of the the NHL. You need someone with a legal background preferably with sports specific experience. Its a nice thought, having Wayne as "Commissioner" however, youve just gotta be willing to accept the "hate" that comes with the position no matter what you do and thats not Gretzky. He wouldnt be willing to wear a hair shirt or take one on the jaw for the owners. Hell, he wouldnt even do it for the retired players over the Pension Suit nor do much of anything whatsoever for the NHLPA while active as a player himself.

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I saw him in a magazine endorsing some watch brand recently.
Breitling watches?

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Breitling watches?
yea it was a Breitling ad I saw it too, can't think of the magazine.

i would kill for a Breitling, they're nice

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