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Gretzky: “probably zero” chance the Oilers move

Sep 25, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Wayne Gretzky wants everyone to know he was only in Seattle yesterday to watch the Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers.

What he wasn’t in Seattle to do was help Oilers owner Darryl Katz explore a move to the Pacific Northwest.

“That’s the last time I go to a football game,” Gretzky told FAN 590 radio Tuesday.

The Oilers didn’t deny that Katz and other club execs were in Seattle to gauge a potential Plan B should they fail to reach a deal with the City of Edmonton to build a new downtown arena.

But again, Gretzky isn’t involved in that. Nor is he involved in any other NHL matters.

He did, however, handicap the Oilers’ chances of relocating.

“Probably zero,” he said, suggesting the club and city aren’t really that far apart in their negotiations.

“I just can’t imagine a deal not getting done.”

Gretzky also used Phoenix as an example of the NHL’s commitment to keeping franchises from relocating.

“The National Hockey League does not want franchises to move,” he said. “They want to build those franchises, stabilize those franchises, and keep those fans who have supported those teams comfortable.”

Oh, and he said he left the stadium before the rather controversial final play of the Seahawks-Packers game.

“We tried to beat the traffic,” he joked. “We’re an L.A. crowd.”

(Actually he had to catch a flight home.)

  1. r4n6er - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Probably the same thing he said about being traded from the Oilers.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      True, but these meetings certainly seem to be more about gaining leverage in Edmonton than actually forming a contingency plan to move the team.

  2. forgefarther - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    When was the last time you heard this one??

  3. jtrain1966 - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I know this probably doesn’t mean much to Canadian born, & raised people but, I’m an American born, & raised fan of the St. Louis Blues & I hope for all of you Canadians that you’ll not lose another team ! I actually hope you guys get another 2 or 3 teams because I’m tired of seeing Bettman screw you guys over for the sake of putting a hockey team in a market it doesn’t belong ! I think it would be the equivalent of Bud Selig moving the Yankees, or the Cardinals to Canada ! Only if he was stupid enough to do it, he would probably be strung up by his neck & beat like a red headed step child . Besides I don’t think Bettman would be stupid enough to allow Katz to move the Oilers ! That’s just my opinion !

  4. swu32733 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I would love to see the NHL in Seattle but not at the expense of Edmonton or any other city that wants their hockey team. Taking another city’s team would make Seattle just like those Oklahoma assholes who stole the Sonics.

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