Wayne Gretzky doesn't look or sound like someone who is ready to give up on coaching anytime soon.
Granted, the Great One is only heading into his third season as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes but a lesser man might have waved the white flag and moved on with life after hockey.
In two seasons under Gretzky's guidance, the Coyotes are 65-85-10 and missed the playoffs twice.
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Gretzky preaches patience
Be a GM (a different kind of prick) or be an agent like Bobby Orr (the Great and Wise one) but give the guys a break and don't try to be Toe Blake.
Don McCauley, 2007-10-27 16:21:21
Vince Licandro, 2007-09-26 14:47:10
Good luck Gretz it is looking like another long season in the desert.
Chad, 2007-09-26 11:44:57
When you assemble a team for the Olympics you dont always have the most talented players on it. You need role players as well for a checking line and to kill penalties. Sometimes the players dont always jell the way you hoped they would. To blame a GM for that isnt right. Gretzky wasnt on the ice or behind the bench. He picked who he thought at the time would make the best team. Hindsight is 20 / 20.
As for the Coyotes no I didnt make your point. Gretzky isnt responsible for drafting or making trades for there current roster. No coach could get that team into the playoffs, they dont have a 100 point or even a 40 goal scorer.
Jimmy, 2007-09-24 09:27:03
So he gets credit for the 2002 Olympic win but doesn't take responsibility for the 2006 disaster? I don't think so!
Your post assumes that Gretzky can coach. That is not a given. He was a great player - possibly the greatest of all time - but the jury is out on his coaching abilities.
Jake, 2007-09-23 13:59:10
Sure you mention 2006 team but what about the 2002 team ? No one is prefect and will be unfeated as a coach no matter who you are. So Gretzky is 1 - 1. Lets fire him and never let him have anything to do with an olympic team ever again. Growing up I didnt like Gretzky when he was getting his 200 points a year in Edmonton, I thought he was a hot dog. After he was traded to the KINGS and still put up very good numbers with less talent I gained alot of respect for him.
Jimmy, 2007-09-23 12:09:15