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Gretzky Talks Coyotes, Kings, Rangers And Other Topics Too

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So you were probably wondering, where was Wayne Gretzky during all this? After all, the NHL’s Western Conference final could have easily been played for the Wayne Gretzky trophy instead of the Clarence Campbell Bowl. It featured the Los Angeles Kings, the team Gretzky led to the 1993 Stanley Cup final and essentially put on the map, playing against the Phoenix Coyotes, the team he was associated with for close to a decade, first as the team’s managing partner and eventually as its head coach.

What was Gretzky thinking? Who was he cheering for? Did he take any satisfaction from seeing some of the young players that joined the Coyotes organization under his watch - the Martin Hanzals, the Mikkel Boedkers - show some glimmers of their potential?

Instead, Gretzky chose to stay silent, watching from afar, not taking sides, especially as the Coyotes’ ownership saga continues to percolate on, with no definitive end in sight.

But on the morning after the Kings dispatched the Coyotes in five games, Gretzky surfaced to talk about horse racing, about hockey in southern California and about the possibility of witnessing yet another series where his loyalties could be divided.

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He wouldn’t dare show his face with the Coyotes in the race. Wouldn’t be prudent, someone might recall he was the key reason they didn’t make the playoffs for 9 years and his 8 milion dollar salary was half of the annual revenue losses for the team which lead directly to the bankrupcty fraud perpetrated by Balsillie and Moyes.

Posted by timbits on 05/23/12 at 11:41 PM ET

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Nice piece, though the info on Sather is wrong. Neil Smith was the one who brought Gretzky to the Rangers in 1996. Sather didn’t arrive in NYC until Gretzky had retired. Surprised to see such a basic error.

Posted by DonK from Long Island on 05/24/12 at 04:00 AM ET

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