Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/08/05 at 05:21 AM ET
Is it possible The Great One, who starting today will be known to the Phoenix Coyotes as "Coach Gretzky," has lost his famed sense of timing and stage completely? I mean, today is Aug. 8. Wait a day, Wayne. Tomorrow is Aug. 9 --the date which will live on in infamy in your career. That's the day, in 1988, when No. 99 was sold by Peter Pocklington from the Oilers to the Kings. This day could live on in infamy in a whole other way. Gretzky, I believe, is becoming an NHL coach for all the wrong reasons. And that's never right. I don't see a burning desire by The Great One to become an NHL coach or a great belief that he can lead the failing franchise to the Stanley Cup. I see Gretzky becoming coach because the Coyotes have nothing else to sell but his name. And they can't sell it any longer with him sitting up in an owners' suite.
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