Wayne Gretzky in no hurry to return to the NHL
No. 99 opens up a week after MLSE rumours run wild
|Wayne Gretzky says he's not currently talking with anyone about a potential return to hockey. (REUTERS)
Not only has Wayne Gretzky not held discussions with the Maple Leafs – he hasn’t spoken with anyone regarding a potential return to the NHL.
"I talk to a lot of people in hockey who are good friends of mine and we talk a lot about hockey,” Gretzky told NHL.com. “(But) the reality is I have never talked about any particulars with anybody.”
Last week, online rumours ran rampant that No. 99 had been approached by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to become the next president of the Blue and White, gossip he was quick to refute.
"At this point in time I really don't have a desire to be in that pressure-cooker right now,” he explained. “It's just not in the cards for me right now.”
The Great One hasn’t held a position in the league since resigning as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes on Sept. 24, 2009.
"I don't know what I want to do," Gretzky said. "I don't really overly think about it. My life is pretty busy right now in the sense that I'm busy but I'm home a lot, which is sort of new.
Gretzky said although he’s been approached by Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi to potentially discuss having a future role with his former club, talks haven’t materialized.
“I am in the game in that I am a fan of the game,” Gretzky said. “It's enjoyable to watch, and we're all thrilled that hockey is back and they're playing now."