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« on: May 20, 2009 at 08:40 »

TSN.CA STAFF   5/19/2009 9:00:28 PM

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Wayne Gretzky could be out as the Phoenix Coyotes' head coach should Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf win the bid to acquire the NHL team.

The Sun is reporting that a condition of Reinsdorf's offer to purchase the cash-strapped club is to end Gretzky's tenure with the Coyotes.

The NHL's all-time leading scorer is set to earn $6.5 million for the upcoming season and $8 million for the 2010-11 season.  According to the paper, Reinsdorf has no interest in paying a coach more than five-times the league average.

Gretzky's salary was in part to coach the team, as well as secure his ownership stake in the Coyotes franchise.

While the conditions of Reinsdorf's offer have yet to be revealed, his offer is expected to be significantly smaller than Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsillie's offer of $212.5 million to purchase the team and move them to Hamilton.

Reports last week stated that Gretzky was backing Reinsdorf's bid, but the sports magnate has yet to meet with the Hall of Famer to discuss the situation.

The Coyotes have struggled with Gretzky behind the bench and have yet to reach the postseason in his four years as head coach.

I had no idea Gretzky made that much. And he's a horrible coach to boot. Wow, I don't blame anyone taking over that franchise for getting rid of him. No wonder the Coyotes have cash flow problems. The cash isn't flowing past the head coach.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009 at 09:04 »

The Coyotes have struggled with Gretzky behind the bench and have yet to reach the postseason in his four years as head coach.

Great hockey player, horrible coach and basically the GM. 

While Maloney is the GM, the decisions are all Gretzky's and ever since joining the Yote's organization, he has failed miserably.  Moyes and Ellman should have sat down with Wayne a long time ago and told him to take a step down from both positions.  Owning a small percentage of the team is fine, but calling the final shots and coaching the team are two things that he apparently is not very good at considering the teams lack of success over the years.

Outside of actually playing the game, Gretzky is guilty of some of the things that Lemieux has been guilty of from time to time.  He's not allowing his GM's to manage and he's not allowing his coaches to coach.  Both players had major success while playing the game and now they automatically feel they can manage and coach a hockey team.  The difference between Lemieux and Gretzky is that Lemieux has gotten better over the years. He's now allowing Shero to call the shots and not criticizing every new HC he brings in (Bowman, Constantine).
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009 at 10:58 »

Great googily-moogily, that's more than NFL coaches make. At 6.5 million, you better have your team in the hunt every year.
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009 at 10:59 »

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