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by Alanah McGinley on 04/14/11 at 05:12 PM ET
From Johnette Howard at ESPN:
Several league sources confirm paying Gretzky what he’s owed has been discussed by NHL’s remaining 29 owners during the long, often difficult, effort to resell the Coyotes.
So what’s the hang-up? The sharply worded reasons given when I call and ask league insiders are startling: “Every one of the 29 owners is part-owner of Coyotes now, and they’re not looking to spend a penny more, OK? … Who gives any coach or GM $8 million a year anyway? That was a mistake. No wonder that franchise went into bankruptcy. … Wayne’s done all right in life. He’s just having a little pout. … There was a lot of support to pay him. There was also sentiment the franchise went down and he should suffer like everyone else who got stiffed.”
There are words for how Gretzky is being treated by the NHL right now.
Indefensible is one. Shoddy is another.
Gretzky isn’t “like everyone else.”
This is the Great One we’re talking about. The man who is easily the NHL’s most important figure of the last 30 years.
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