Wayne Gretzky did a terrible job managing and coaching the Phoenix Coyotes. That franchise made the playoffs once in his nine years in the Valley of the Sun.
But he is still Wayne Gretzky, so the New York Post reported that Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is intrigued by the possibility of bringing him aboard as team president.
This is the hot fad among NHL owners. Trevor Linden (Vancouver) and Brendan Shanahan (Toronto) took similar roles earlier this season. Briefly Pat LaFontaine (Buffalo) did the same.
Leonsis is seeking new leadership after firing coach Adam Oates and letting GM George McPhee walk. Reports out of D.C. suggest he considering a long list of candidates for the GM role.
Gretzky doesn't want daily oversight of the hockey operation. That's good, because he is not qualified for such a demanding job.
For the moment Dick Patrick is serving as team president. With no GM on board, it's up to him to start remaking the team.
His first move was sending the rights to free agent goaltender Jaroslav Halak to the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick.
It is unlikely the Next Regime will have the authority to deal Alex Ovechkin, but nobody would be surprised to defenseman Mike Green on the trade block.