May 13, 2008
Last week, we reported on a curious rumor making the rounds: That Wayne Gretzky was going to become team president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his former agent/general manager in Phoenix, Mike Barnett, would be the next Leafs GM. The whispers grew so intense that Gretz addressed them today with TSN's Darren "Panger" Pang: "I have always been a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and wish them luck in the future. Right now my focus is on the Phoenix Coyotes and developing our young talent." Wow, quite the emphatic "not right now, but please keep my résumé on file," huh? Gretzky does have a few good reasons to reject the Leafs right now, and their names are Peter Mueller, Martin Hanzal, Kyle Turris, maybe Blake Wheeler and definitely Janet Gretzky. Plus, the other ProStars really prefer Phoenix as the site of their Justice League; great golf for MJ, lots of minor league baseball for Bo.