Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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. 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.)



At 10:44 a.m., October 25, 2006, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

I just can't see Gretzky sticking with the coaching gig for much longer. The daily grind of coaching just doesn't play to his strengths, and takes away from the full time job of being Wayne Gretzky. He can do a lot more for the game, IMO, freed from the shackles of being a full time coach. With Hitchcock on the market, it would only make sense to bring him in, and for Gretzky to kick himself upstairs.

At 11:10 a.m., October 25, 2006, Blogger Joe Pelletier said...

Duhatschek is the best hockey writer out there, bar none these days. Too bad Roy MacGregor and Gary Mason aren't focussed on hockey full time any longer

Joe Pelletier

At 11:11 a.m., October 25, 2006, Blogger Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Nobody better then the Hat, James, imo.

Gretzky is going to resign and probably soon - its not like this team is slumping - they are just terrible. And the worst thing about it - they have so few kids.

By the time the high draft picks they are about to garner in the next few years as well as whatever prospects they can load up on by trading Doan and Nagy mature hockey will no longer be in Arizona.


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