Wayne Gretzky Is Partly To Blame For Phoenix Coyotes' Woes

Steve McSween@dansallowsSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2009

PHOENIX - APRIL 10:  Head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, Wayne Gretzky attends the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 10, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Okay so the "Great One" stepped down as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, and we should all feel sorry for him because he may not get his $8 million paycheck this season as the Coyotes are to be sold as soon as the Balsillie/Bettman circus is settled.

On that note, Gretzky could have remained with the club, but could not picture himself and his family living in Hamilton if the Jim Balsillie bid was indeed accepted.

A big kick in the ass to the people who reside in Steeltown, and to Canada in my opinion. When the Gretzky group bought into the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001, what were they thinking exactly?

That their presence alone could give the desert dogs a fan base like that of the Winnipeg Jets; even though the Coyotes had been in Arizona for just five years and were already in financial trouble.

If you really wanted some return for your investment Wayne, why wouldn't you buy into the Oilers when they were in trying times?

I'm not against the NHL expanding to the US, I mean, I'd love to be able to go to Vegas, catch Cirque du soleil, Celine Dion, and then finish the weekend off at a hockey game.

But the entire notion of NHL expansion to the States is like the "good naked, bad naked" episode of Seinfeld. Giving Minnesota a team was good naked, putting one in Phoenix was bad naked.

This entire matter has now become Gary Bettman's personal vendetta to prove he wasn't wrong to allow the team to relocate from Winnipeg to Phoenix, making him about as credible as the NHL commissioner as Snoop Dogg would be writing children's books.

The fact is, Mr. Bettman and Mr. Gretzky, Canada is your meal ticket, and should have teams in Quebec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Saskatoon for that matter.

Yeah maybe it isn't forty degree's outside all year round, but last time I checked you need cold to make ice.

So yes I feel bad that Wayne won't get his $8 million, and Gary will be proved wrong, but maybe it will be a good reality check for the powers that be in the National Hockey League.

Canada loves hockey...why can't hockey love it back?