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Fallout from Gretzky's resignation: Why did he leave Phoenix now?

Updated: September 24, 2009, 4:55 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

The fallout from Wayne Gretzky's resignation as coach and managing partner of the Phoenix Coyotes began in earnest Thursday.

Why now? Was he pushed out? Did the league not want him to stick around?

The sense from the Gretzky camp is he felt ignored by both the league and Jim Balsillie's people -- the two groups battling in court for control of the NHL club. But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sounded genuinely surprised by Gretzky's decision.

"I respect what ...

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