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NHL forking over $7-8M to Gretzky

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07:38 AM ET 12.04 | At long last, Wayne Gretzky is going to get his dough. [Gretzky] will be repaid money he was owed by former team owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL itself agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell ESPN.com. Sources would not confirm the exact figure settled on but it's believed to be around $7 million to $8 million. The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October. In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes.

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December 4, 2013  07:48 AM ET

With interest I hope. What a "low life" move by the NHL to do that in the first place.

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December 4, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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He should get an ownership group together and try moving a team to Hamilton. Give Bettman the biggest case of the runs he's ever gotten.

Would LOVE to see that happen!

Still need to get over the territory issue with the Leafs and Sabers. Also, Copps isn't an NHL facility for a number of reasons, IMO.

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December 4, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He should get an ownership group together and try moving a team to Hamilton. Give Bettman the biggest case of the runs he's ever gotten.

If the Buttgoblin had diarrhea there'd be nothing left of him.

December 4, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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With interest I hope. What a "low life" move by the NHL to do that in the first place.

I agree. It's about time the NHL gave its greatest ambassador his money back. There have been many other great hockey players but nobody's done as much to promote hockey as the Great One. Shame on the NHL!

December 4, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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If the Buttgoblin had diarrhea there'd be nothing left of him.

He'd certainly lose his tan and his head would implode.

December 4, 2013  10:22 AM ET

You want Happy Ending?

December 4, 2013  11:38 AM ET

I suppose he deserves it - especially out of the Nat Ho League's pockets - and probably needs it, but does anyone actually think that he actually 'earned' it - doing what he did in Phoenix.

December 4, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I suppose he deserves it - especially out of the Nat Ho League's pockets - and probably needs it, but does anyone actually think that he actually 'earned' it - doing what he did in Phoenix.

If he is smart he will invest it for the kids; maybe he can bribe the daughter from whoring herself out on instagram and twitter.

December 4, 2013  02:39 PM ET
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If he is smart he will invest it for the kids; maybe he can bribe the daughter from whoring herself out on instagram and twitter.

why would you want that to be stopped?

December 4, 2013  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

why would you want that to be stopped?

well when thinking with the other head, it is kinda embarassing for the Great one.

December 4, 2013  04:04 PM ET
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Yeah all of those would obviously need to be addressed, but imagine the good will and publicity Gretzky would bring to a bid like that. Bettman/MLSE would be pushed into such a corner...

Excellent idea and so good for the area.

December 4, 2013  04:04 PM ET
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I agree. It's about time the NHL gave its greatest ambassador his money back. There have been many other great hockey players but nobody's done as much to promote hockey as the Great One. Shame on the NHL!

Amen

December 4, 2013  04:06 PM ET
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I suppose he deserves it - especially out of the Nat Ho League's pockets - and probably needs it, but does anyone actually think that he actually 'earned' it - doing what he did in Phoenix.

Peformance had nothing to do with it.....just another "big buck for showing up" contract.

December 4, 2013  05:24 PM ET
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I suppose he deserves it - especially out of the Nat Ho League's pockets - and probably needs it, but does anyone actually think that he actually 'earned' it - doing what he did in Phoenix.

The NHL should pay him that amount every year for the rest of his life just for showing up at NHL arenas all over the North America and waving at the crowds. Make him kind of like the honorary Pope of hockey.

 
December 5, 2013  12:05 AM ET

He'll probably use the money to set up another gambling ring with his wife's name all over it. *small bow*

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