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Great One will employ replacements, not coach them

Updated: April 12, 2005, 5:20 PM ET
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Wayne Gretzky is interested in coaching the Phoenix Coyotes -- but not if the NHL uses replacement players in 2005-06.

"My gut feeling is to say 'No,'" Gretzky told The Arizona Republic when asked if he'd make his NHL coaching debut if the league resorted to using replacements. "Hopefully that doesn't happen and we'll get the best players back by September."

The NHL and players' association have yet to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. With the league firm on starting ...

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