Gretzky: '...if you look at our record, I haven't learned a damn thing'
It was another tough night for the Coyotes.
Playing at Calgary's Saddledome, one of the toughest buildings in the league to score goals in recent years, coach Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix club managed just one last night in a 6-1 loss — a game that may just have allowed the Flames to double their goal output for the season.
GlobeSports.com columnist Eric Duhatschek met up with Gretzky prior to the game, and The Great One sounds about as low as Nagano:
"But the reality is, it's not fun at this level, if you're not winning. In professional hockey, if you win, you're at the top of the mountain. If you lose, you're at the bottom of the valley. Right now, we're at the bottom of the valley — and this is a crucial time for us as a team. You can't get too far behind because it's too hard to catch up."With a brand new five-year deal signed over the summer, and the team looking as lost as it ever was, you have to wonder how much 'not fun' Gretzky's in for.
In a second piece on his blog yesterday, Duhatschek gets into the Gretzky family dynamic a little bit, addressing a few of the more positive developments for the clan which include his son Ty's foray into prep hockey and daughter Paulina's music career.
(As an aside, the double bylines gives you a little bit of an idea of how prolific Duhatschek is during the hockey season. Writing for both the newspaper and the website, he's producing content for his blog, a column and also The Globe's fledgling group blog, Globe on Hockey. And the thing is, it's all high quality stuff.)