Wayne Gretzky’s time with the Oilers has come to an finish (once more).
After becoming a member of the staff its vice chairman in 2016, Gretzky launched an announcement on Tuesday saying that he intends to “step away” from his put up.
Here is a take a look at his feedback by way of Twitter.
Gretzky’s departure comes lower than 24 hours after the Oilers had been swept out of the primary spherical of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. Edmonton was favored to win the collection over Winnipeg, however the Jets managed to win the collection 4-0 after a triple-overtime victory over their North Division rival.
Nevertheless, the Oilers’ efficiency did not seem to have something to do with Gretzky’s departure. As an alternative, it was a broadcasting deal that lured him away from his put up.
Andrew Marchand of The New York Submit experiences that Gretzky signed a contract with TNT “within the neighborhood of $3 million per season.” Per Marchand, Charles Barkley served as a key recruiter in serving to TNT purchase Gretzky’s companies for his or her new NHL programming.
ESPN and TNT are taking on the NHL broadcast rights beginning with the 2021-22 season. NBC had beforehand owned them.
Evidently, getting Gretzky is a giant transfer for TNT. Some would even name it an amazing one.