Hopefully he addresses the coaching situation. With training camp two weeks away
it would be great to have it settled now. With the situation being the way it is, I
suspect Wayne steps down as coach for the good of the club.
The coaching situation will not be addressed until after the auction. Ice Edge made it clear they're planning on keeping him on board, and Gretzky made it clear he supports their bid.
I'd be shocked if the Ice Edge / Gretzky negotiations revolved around a puppet role as an honorary exec. I'm sure he'll take a big pay cut, but it's obvious he loves the coaching job and feels like he still needs to prove something. If he's being demoted from the coaching job and has to see his pay reduced by at least 50%, why wouldn't he just walk away?
If Ice Edge wins, Gretzky will be behind the bench for the foreseeable future.
What's the point of keeping the team in Phoenix if they're just going to continue to lose, miserably, every year?
Other than us Coyote fans, I haven't seen any media coverage citing Gretzky's poor coaching as a reason for the team's sub-par performances. Sure, a few quotes here and there wondering about his abilities, but nothing even close to calling for his dismissal. Instead, everything I've read about Gretzky has to do with the outrageous amount of cash he was being given for the job.
My point is that I'm not sure a whole lot of people other than Coyote fans are thinking a Gretzky-coached team can't win. And it looks as if canadien potential owners (Balsillie, Ice Edge) are getting a serious hard on about the prospect of bringing back in canadian arenas. Balsillie was willing to pay him $ 22M + arena naming rights, Ice Edge want to give him an important role.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely want him out. But whereas both Reinsdorf and Bettman were pretty clear about Gretzky not being part of their plans, JB and Ice Edge want to keep him. And that concerns me.
Gretzky wasn't the problem last season. The lack of organziational depth was the achilles heel.
That said, they do need tatical help on special teams.
That's why you got to give it to the Don. He improved the team going back to the deadline in a lot of areas that we needed to improve. He had his hands tied but he still went out and got a valuable pk energy line guy in Fiddler. More experience on the back end with Vandemeer and Aucoin, and a top 6 forward who had chemistry with our team, for our 2 worst players.
As for the games in Saskatoon, I can live with it if it means the team is here for the long run. When the team starts drawing better I'm sure we will see 41 games out of jobing again.