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Gretzky talks about the NHL’s future in La Belle Province, knowing nothing about Phoenix’s situation

Per the Canadian Press:

The Great One firmly believes the NHL will return to Quebec City. The Quebec capital has been without an NHL franchise since the Nordiques left in 1995. But hockey legend Wayne Gretzky said Tuesday his gut feeling is that Quebec City will again have its own pro hockey franchise.

"I think it's only a matter of time before Quebec City is going to get a franchise," Gretzky told reporters at the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament. "Listen, I think we all agree it's a good city and it can support an NHL team, especially now with the salary cap rules and the parity we have in the game of hockey. When that's going to be, it's anybody's guess but when they do come back in, it's going to be a strong, solid franchise just like Winnipeg is now and it will be as successful as they are."

And, regarding Phoenix:

"Honestly, I've not followed it at all," he said. "I don't live in Arizona anymore and you probably know more about it than I do. I'd be just guessing if I said anything . . . and probably so would you."

Continued with Cup Final talk and coaching rumor chatter.

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