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Report: Caps won’t bring Gretzky aboard

May 22, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT

You can throw a big ol’ bucket of cold water on the Wayne Gretzky-to-Washington rumors.

The Capitals, who have vacancies both behind the bench and in the front office, were thought to be interested in bringing Gretzky on in a managerial/executive role — but, according to CSN Washington’s Jill Sorenson and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, it’s not going to happen.

First, this video report from Sorenson:

Next, this tidbit from LeBrun’s rumblings column:

Despite repeated reports linking Wayne Gretzky to Washington, it doesn’t sound as though The Great One and the Capitals are a match at this point.

Whether it’s for president of hockey operations or another high-end executive job, at this hour, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Which is too bad, because No. 99 in that kind of role would be a great asset.

LeBrun goes on to add that a source believes the Caps will target one of ex-Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero, Preds assistant GM Paul Fenton and Boston assistant Don Sweeney for the vacant general manager gig. This would be in lockstep with Sorenson’s report that Washington wants to hire a more veteran front-office type rather than Gretzky, who has never served as an NHL GM, though did have success as the executive director of the Canadian Olympic team.

  1. rpiotr01 - May 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    He could still feed Ovechkin the puck better than anyone else on the roster.

    • nj666 - May 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      then ovechkin would never pass the puck back though…

    • lowenni - May 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Yeah, not like Nicky Backstrom can pass the puck at all right?

  2. tapefolie - May 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Just because he was a good player doesn’t mean he would be good in management or coaching as was learned in Phoenix!

    • kaptaanamerica - May 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      You got that right.the guy is useless off the ice.unlike Mario who built up Pittsburgh from the edge of death, Gretzky helped nearly destroy Phoenix….

      Mario has proved who was the greatest forward ever… #66

  3. AlexOvechkinMinus35 - May 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    The Great One wouldn’t be caught dead in that rathole.

    • capsnbohs23 - May 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      wake up, eat, find every way to troll a caps article, eat, sleep. Did i get that right?

      • AlexOvechkinMinus35 - May 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        you forgot drinking Washington tears.

      • capsnbohs23 - May 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Got me there

  4. letsgocaps88 - May 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Hard to feed Ovie when one of the Top 5 centers in the league is on the 2nd line for the majority of the season. Nicklas Bäckström if you forgot.

  5. c9castine - May 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    gretz seems to refuse to work his way up the chain like everybody else in coaching and management.

    maybe if he wanted to put in the leg work hed be good. too much at stake for these owners and managers to be hiring executives and coaches with minimal experience.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 22, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      He does have Team Canada experience and did quite well, BUT… that is extremely different than being an NHL GM. With TC, the job has lots of pressure but you are picking the best from all the eligible Canadian players, and there’s no competition, since none of the players can threaten to go to a different team if not paid enough. It’s rather the opposite, with guys virtually begging to play for you.

  6. govtminion - May 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Not overly surprising- but I did do a bit of a spit-take at seeing Shero on the list. THAT would help re-ignite the Pens/Caps rivalry, I’ll bet!

  7. packerswin96 - May 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Wise choice by the Caps.

  8. muckleflugga - May 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    there were gretzky to washington rumours … coming from rumour central, pierre lebrun … what a surprise

    gretzky going anywhere where he has to work for a living has to be a load of codswallop … perhaps stephen harper can find him something in the diplomatic corp … the guy’s loaded and better suited at the helm of a kennedy center greeting line regardless

    [ unless janet’s been playing the sports book … again ]

    • blomfeld - May 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Exactly Flugga !

      the chances of Gretzky going to a place like Washington are even more remote than Vladimir Putin hiring Richard Simmons as his new health czar ! … the bottom line is that Gretzky’s controller (Janet) will not permit him to work ‘anywhere’ outside of SoCal, come hell or high water ! … of course ‘renewed’ gambling debt could change that as you’ve duly noted … :)

  9. slysipops - May 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    in case some of you guys don’t remember his coaching days in PHOENIX , it was similar to this …………………. as said great players don’t necessarily make good coaches ……… look at ADAM OATES for instance

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