By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON The commemoration of Wayne Gretzkys 50th birthday should have been a celebration of everything that marked the career of The Great One and his brilliance in the 1980s, when the NHL was making a surge forward in terms of popularity and scope.
But instead it was more of a Where is Wayne? game filled with disagreements over his departure from the Phoenix Coyotes and his current estrangement from the NHL, which needs him so badly. Not sure if it will take another coaching gig I think Gretzky might have fallen into that category of great player that might not have been perfect for the coaching job but Gretzky should be involved as a general manager, owner or simply an ambassador to the game.Mario Lemieux has performed that role to a tee in Pittsburgh, and now Gretzky needs to simply find a home where he can put his own imprint as the personality behind the organization a setting that Phoenix was never ideal for.Gretzky was simply too great for that team, but its time he found something suitable for stature and returned to the game he loved and the game that loved him right back. A great account by SI.coms Stu Hackel of whats happened between the NHL and Wayne Gretzky since he left his post with the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL All-Star game is here to stay, but hopefully the Olympics is as well as its a much better advertisement for how good the game of hockey can be. Anybody want Sergei Samsonovs four tickets to NHL All-Star weekend? Celebrities for Charity is raffling them off for a good cause. Brad Marchand is scared to score, writes the Days of Y'Orr. Perhaps some of his teammates should fine a way to turn that kind of fear into production. A brief pictorial history of the Anaheim Ducks as All-Stars, some of them were even Mighty: who could forget Guy Hebert? Well, okay so maybe I did. The All-Star break came at the wrong time for the New Jersey Devils and Brian Rolston, who were on their longest hot streak of the season after sucking the life out of hockey for the first three months. Apparently the Hockey News twitter account has decided that the victimization of Matt Cooke is a cause they need to take up. Some people just don't get it.
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