Morning Free Association: The Great One Soon on Your TV

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Yesterday, Wayne Gretzky stepped down from his position as Vice Chairman of the Oilers. He was with the Oilers? Yes, he apparently was busy with the commercial side of the Oilers Entertainment Group and a close advisor to Oilers owner, Daryl Katz. The move came within a day of the Oilers being swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These two events aren’t related.

In addition to his Vice Chair position, Gretzky also served as a mentor to Connor McDavid since he was brought on in 2016, the year after McDavid was drafted number one overall. The same year, his brother, Keith Gretzky, joined the organization as Director of Scouting. He has since ascended to Assistant GM.

So, Gretzky claims that the pandemic prevents him from giving his all. But really, it’s that TNT is offering him $3M per year to become their lead analyst.

He better be damn insightful for that truckload of money. Then again, his name has so much caché he doesn’t need to be good.

Tomorrow, we’ll examine some of the other hires for next season.

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Morning all. Been a fan of the Canes since they made hockey fun again with the Storm Surge and The Bunch of Jerks. Good on them and the fans for this last night. While racism in hockey and among hockey fans is still a big problem, it’s nice to have a glimmer of hope that we can be better than what we are:

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Ah, that’s good. Good to hear the crowd approved, too. Always a danger with things like that that the less enlightened will ruin it.

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Maybe the South will become part of the enlightened world…. there’s probably a better chance for the Red Wings to win the Cup this year…. But I will hope and pray

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Morning folks.

Not sure what the betting odds were on that series, but I’d bet the Oilers are pretty shocked at getting swept!

Speaking of betting – in the Worlds, GB are playing Belarus today. We lost in OT to Denmark yesterday but looked genuinely the better team for the second half of the game. The bookies give us a 3.5-goal start. I dobt bet anymore, but if I did I’d be having the weeks rent on us to cover that spread.

And now I’m remembering why I dont bet anymore!

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So this morning, the vet came to x-ray Ziggy the budgie and finally find out what’s going on with his legs.

To Xray him they had to anaesthatise him first, and sadly he never woke up sad Some consolation is that the xray showed some pretty serious abnormalities, which wouldnt have been fixable anyway. Very sad but life is cruel sometimes. Not looking forward to telling Leah …

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Oh, I’m so sorry. You guys tried so hard to get him healthy.

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I’m so sorry to hear about Ziggy. All the hugs to Leah.

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Thanks, guys. Appreciate it.

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As, sorry. I know you and your family were attached to Ziggy. Striped Condolences.

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Good morning!!
Hmmm, yeah. I would take the money. Thing is, the great one has never been great in front of a camera. I’d rather see somebody like Andy Brickley. Personality and a person with great attention to hockey detail. Brick, or someone like him , who didn’t have the advantage of Gretzky like skills. Superstars don’t look at the game the same way, IMO. They see what they could do with their super human skills.
Did you ever see the Saturday Night Live with Gretzky?….. Awkward
BTW, how did I drop longwinded from my name? grin

Oh yeah it’s Stripes…

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Brick is fantastic as a colour guy. I don’t watch a lot of soccer, but some of the ex-players they get in for the role just trot out cliches and dont offer anything in the way of ‘insight’.

Not everyone who’s good at doing something is good at teaching it, or explaining it, I guess.

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My brain is very bad at getting words out.

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Not everyone who’s good at doing something is good at teaching it, or explaining it, I guess
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