Is that THIS asshole bailed on both these teams before they hit it big. He better not show his ugly filthy face at the arena no matter which of these teams gets to the Finals.
Lets not forget that it’s Wayne Gretzky and his business partner and felon, Bruce Mcnall that drove the Kings to bankruptcy, and it’s Wayne Gretzky who was business partners with Mcnall when Mcnall was convicted of defrauding banks of over 200 million dollars. It’s Wayne Gretzky that never won here, that fucked up any trade value for Gretzky when Gretzky left, shopping for a cup elsewhere, and it’s Wayne Gretzky and Bruce Mcnall who set the Kings back the next 17 years trying to emerge from the most gigantic financial hole you can imagine. Bigger even than Mcnalls gigantic mouth or asshole.
So then … whatever, 99 comes in, brings in all his buddies, calls all the shots, takes all the money, loses and LEAVES! OK whatever, right?
Next thing he does (besides having his own brand of Bigelow Green Tea, opening a bunch of shitty restaurants and a shitload of now-defunct roller hockey arenas .. not to mention the bedsheets, pillowcases, keyfobs etc) is goes to Phoenix as an “owner/coach”.
What’s he do there?
Well, lets see. First of all he has his wife making bets with Rick Tocchet, the Don Corleone of the NHL and then what? When the scam is revealed (Janet bet 500k on the super bowl? Please. This fucking guy had his wife making half million dollar bets to keep his name out of it? SCUMBAG!) So when the hammer starts falling, what’s Wayno do? He lets Tocchet take the fall! Wayne didn’t know anything about it? LOL! Just like his former crook/partner Mcnall, Tocchet gets all the liability while Wayne remains Mr Canada? LOL.
Well at least he won in Phoenix, right? Well if you consider missing the playoffs every year he coached “winning” and if you consider becoming the league leader in two minute penalties for playing ineligible players after submitting the wrong roster, winning, then hell yeah Wayne’s a WINNER!
At least though Phoenix made out well financially?
Well lets see, while Wayne was an owner they LOST 360 million dollars. They went into bankruptcy! That makes him 2 for 2 in driving teams to bankruptcy. The league bought them out! Gretzky lined not only his own pockets, but also the pockets of his family and friends with that 360 million in losses – he hired Tocchet, Grant Fuhr, his old buddy Mike Barnett as GM. Gretzky’s salary? 8.5 million a year as coach! About seven times the average salary! So an extra 7 mill a year for 6 years? That would take a pretty big bite out of that 360 mill right?
Oh and the head of scouting? KEITH GRETZKY! I wonder what he got paid? 7 times any other head of scouting? Must have been a real bidding war to convince his brother to head up his scouting department!
And do you remember in 2009 when he quit as coach while the team was trying to sell? Remember in training camp he didn’t show up, said he didn’t want to be a distraction while new ownership was being sought out? And he was heralded for it! Well guess what? New ownership wanted him to take 2 million a year, not 8.5 AND he was entitled to a 14.5 million dollar payout if new ownership came in and wouldn’t honor his 8.5 million a year deal! HE HELD THEM HOSTAGE!!
He’s a crook. He came into Phoenix, ripped them off. Between 2000 and 2009 Gretzky made something like 75 million dollars in Phoenix, while the organization went pretty much out of business and lost 360 million dollars! He is to Phoenix as Frank McCourt is to LA. The only difference? No one will attack him. He does it slick. He leaves Tocchet and Mcnall to take the blame. He takes the money and runs EVERY TIME
Gretzky raped both these franchises. First the Kings, where he and his “business” partner Bruce Mcnall looted the coffers for years and never won shit. This is the guy that went on the Gretzky and Friends traveling tour during the strike, taking all his Edmonton buddies with him – the fat cats of the league – while the rank and file NHLPA guys sat home with no income. This is the guy who got a Rolls Royce delivered to him during a game .. a birthday gift from Mcnall .. in the same season the Kings made you put in your deposit for NEXT years season seats BEFORE they refunded your playoff ticket money from the last year! This is the same guy who quadrupled ticket prices in LA then went something like 511-518 during the regular season with all his Edmonton buddies brought in while he acted as coach, GM and head asshole, NEVER WINNING A CUP in LA even when he went out and Steinbrennered the league.
Then he does the same thing in Phoenix only as a coach. His same group of buddies, his brother and wife all make MILLIONS on a shit team that loses, loses, loses!
If he shows up in this series he ought to be driven out by angry fans with torches and pitchforks. Instead he’ll go rob the cash register while no one is looking, Helene Elliiot will faint at the site of him and then he’ll speed off while someone else goes to prison.