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NHL notes: Gretzky finally gets money owed from Coyotes days

Wayne Gretzky, former head coach and director of hockey operations for the Phoenix Coyotes, will be...

Wayne Gretzky, former head coach and director of hockey operations for the Phoenix Coyotes, will be paid money owed to him by the franchise. (Reuters)

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The National Hockey League and Wayne Gretzky have reached a tentative deal on the millions of dollars owed to The Great One, according to multiple reports.

Gretzky, head coach and director of hockey operations when the Phoenix Coyotes were bought out of bankruptcy by the league in 2009, will receive an estimated settlement of $7-8 million, ESPN reported.

Ex-Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes owed Gretzky the money but since the NHL lost a lawsuit to Moyes, the repayment responsibilities were left on its shoulders.

The NHL, which didn't find a buyer for the franchise until this summer, had not reimbursed over the four-year period.

BRODEUR PICKS BOBBY LU

Martin Brodeur doesn't want to engage in a debate about Canada's starting goaltending gig for the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

He's already made up his mind.

In an interview with RDS, Brodeur said the No. 1 job "belongs" to Roberto Luongo.

"The job is his and he can't lose it as I did in 2010 in Vancouver," Brodeur added. "(Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey) Price must be patient, try to have the best season possible and the chance to take part in Sochi will be a very good experience for him."

Prior to Vancouver's game Tuesday, Luongo was 11-8-5 with a .911 save percentage in 24 contests this season. Price, on the other hand, is 12-8-2 with a .937 save percentage in 22 games.

Other Canadian goalies believed to be in the running for one of three Sochi spots include Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mike Smith, Josh Harding, Corey Crawford and Braden Holtby.

BLOCKBUSTER FEATURES RYCHEL'S SON

Former NHLer Warren Rychel, now general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires, traded his son Kerby Tuesday in a 11-piece trade with the Guelph Storm.

Forward Kerby, a Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounder who served as Spitfires captain, was dealt to Guelph along with Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Ebert.

Windsor received eight draft picks (five second-rounders, a third-rounder and two fourth-rounders) as well as forward Brody Milne in exchange for Rychel and Ebert.

"Obviously it's a tough trade to make with two impact players on our team," Warren Rychel said of the blockbuster trade. "But with an exceptionally tough Western Conference, we think it was important to take a step back now in order to take a step ahead down the road."

Through 28 games, the Storm (20-5-2) have positioned themselves well to challenge for an OHL title. The Spitfires (17-10-0), meanwhile, are a middle-of-the-pack team in an ultra-competitive West.

BRIEFLY

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will be sidelined for at least two weeks, the team announced Tuesday. Zetterberg, who has 30 points in 28 games, is suffering from a herniated disc in his back ... Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for November. Mazanec had a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 10 November starts (5-4-1) ... The Los Angeles Kings recalled defenceman Jeff Schultz Tuesday from the American Hockey League. Schultz is needed in L.A. since a pair of Kings blueliners, Matt Greene and Robyn Regehr, are injured.


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