Wayne Gretzky the Coach and Executive

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Postby UK Canuck » Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:03 am

he should quit whilst he can- why tarnish the memories we have of him.?
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Postby tantalum » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:37 am

DavidPratt_ wrote:Gretzky isn't the GM, but come on. You don't think he has influence with the Coyotes GM, Michael Barnett (Gretzky's former agent) when it come to choosing players for the team?


Didn't say he didn't have influence but EVERY coach has influence on who the GM picks up. A GM is not going to trade for or sign a guy his coach doesn't like. And a coach can easily recommend the GM sign someone. But in the end it is Barnett who is GM of the team so if the players he has acquired aren't up to snuff it is on him not Gretzky. Gretzky's job is to coach and last year he didn't do a bad job at it at all. He's still a young coach with less than 100 games under his belt. He has lessons to learn and time will tell if he is learning those lessons.
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Postby UK Canuck » Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:52 pm

i suppose with it being the name Gretzky everyone also expects success to come with it. its a big burden.
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Postby DavidPratt_ » Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:17 pm

Interesting article from SPECTOR on his blog on Foxsports.com:

The Phoenix Coyotes are a team in trouble.

Ten games into the 2006-07 season, the Coyotes have only two wins on the season. During that period the club was dead last in the Western Conference and only the Philadelphia Flyers sport a worse record.

They’ve scored the third fewest goals (19) yet lead the league in goals-against with a whopping 44.

Shane Doan, Ladislav Nagy and Mike Comrie are the team’s best forwards but they’ve struggled to score. They lost center Steve Reinprecht and promising blueliner Keith Ballard to injury.

UFA acquisition Ed Jovanovski has been underwhelming as a Coyotes thus far, but at least he’s made some offensive contributions and isn’t a minus player. Veteran forward Owen Nolan and Jeremy Roenick are looking their age, struggling to keep pace with the faster game.

Goaltender Curtis Joseph has received little help from his defense corps, but he too is showing signs of age. Backup Mike Morrison, meanwhile, is doing very little to stick with the club beyond mid-season with his current play.

Speculation is rampant that management may swing a big trade to shake up the roster, but there’s a much easier solution, one that doesn’t need the moving of players to possibly turn around the fortunes of the Desert Dawgs.

Head coach Wayne Gretzky must step down in favor of Ken Hitchcock.

That move might not make the Coyotes a playoff contender this season, but it could go a long way toward righting a sinking ship and pointing it in the right direction.

Gretzky was unquestionably the greatest offensive player in NHL history, but he’s shown little to prove he can translate what made him a great player into being a great coach.

He’s in good company. Few superstar hockey players can make the leap to successful head coach when their playing days are done.

Gretzky’s a proud, competitive man who doesn’t want to admit defeat when it’s staring him in the face, but he should also know that his team needs a lift, the kind he cannot provide them as a head coach.

Gretzky knows Hitchcock from their time together on Canada’s Men’s hockey team in 2002 and 2006. He also knows Hitchcock’s pedigree, as the type of no-nonsense coach who has succeeded at every level he’s coached at.

If the Coyotes were in every game they’d played this season despite their current record, if every loss had been by the narrowest of margins, the case could be made for Gretzky to stay on, to give him a chance to bring this club along into a possible winner.

But that hasn’t been the case. The Coyotes needs an experienced bench boss, one who garners respect, who knows how to win. There is some very good talent on this year’s Coyotes team, but rather than surrendering the season and casting them aside, it would be best to see what this club can do with a strong hand at the helm.

Gretzky knows this. He has to know it. He has to know that each day that passes without doing the right thing could result in another club snapping up Hitchcock.

That would be another golden opportunity lost for a franchise that has seen many such lost opportunities since moving to Phoenix.

Do the right thing, Wayne. Before it’s too late.

I question Gretzky's influence on Michael Barnett to bring in Gretzky 'buddies'. Too many old-timers that have been brought in the past few years - Hull, Roenick, Nolan.



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