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.
— Wayne Gretzky (@WayneGretzky) May 25, 2021
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.
Big news from Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky stepped away from his role as vice chairman of the Oilers, after less than five years.
Gretzky is being heavily courted by TNT and his good friend Charles Barkley for an analyst role with the network next season.https://t.co/i6s0kJHqNY
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) May 25, 2021
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.