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Power Play: A mess for Gretzky, NHL

Updated: November 2, 2009, 9:14 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

1. The Gretzky conundrum It is a vivid illustration of the depth of the Phoenix mess that the NHL has to choose between the financial cost of guaranteeing former coach Wayne Gretzky $8.2 million in deferred salary and the optics of looking as though it is trying to stiff the greatest player and ambassador the game has ever known.

Like most things, the truth is somewhere in the middle; not that it makes it any better for a league now pitted against a much-beloved icon.

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