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The Washington Capitals, searching to find some consistency in their front office and coaching staff, have been linked to a certain hockey legend: Wayne Gretzky.
— Hockey Central (@SNHockeyCentral) April 29, 2014
That’s right, the Capitals allegedly have interest in The Great One. Gretzky is a man who can be introduced in four words: Best Hockey Player Ever. He’s only the second person in the history of American professional sports to have his number retired by all the teams of a league. The Great One comes to DC to join forces with The Great 8 Alex Ovechkin to achieve domination over the NHL and win a Stanley Cup. That’s how it’ll go down, right?
While Wayne Gretzky is undeniably the best hockey player ever, he has not had success in the front office or as a head coach. He was the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes for from 2005-2009. The Coyotes never made the playoffs under his tenure. From 2000-2009, he was the Coyotes’ President of Hockey Operations. During that tenure, the Coyotes only made the playoffs once (in 2001-2002).
I’m not a fan of this. I don’t want Gretzky to be a part of the Washington Capitals’ front office, nor do I want him to be their head coach. Wayne Gretzky’s like Michael Jordan– incredible athlete, mediocre at best in the front office. I want this to be the only memory involving The Great One and The Great 8: