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Gretzky shoots down Leafs rumors

Jan 24, 2013, 2:43 PM EST

Wayne Gretzky AP

After rumors started making the rounds this week — some right here on PHT! — Wayne Gretzky went on Hockey Night in Canada Radio Wednesday and cleared the air, saying there was no truth to reports he could be the next president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“It was news to me,” Gretzky explained.

The Great One hasn’t worked for an NHL club since resigning from his post as Phoenix head coach in 2009.

While he’s been tied to the Leafs for what feels like forever — last year, he was approached by a number of parties interested in buying MLSE before Rogers and Bell made the deal — Gretzky the only team that’s actually contacted him about returning in a working capacity was the Los Angeles Kings.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with people in the [Maple Leafs] organization, but not one time has there even been any direct contact,” he explained. “Really, the only team I’ve talked to about being involved is [general manager] Dean Lombardi and the L.A. Kings.”

And there you have it.

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