It sounds like the smoke that began billowing on Tuesday regarding the potential hiring of Gretzky as Maple Leafs president was a case of a game of telephone gone wrong (Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets breaks it down pretty well, NSFW language for language). The move doesn't sound like it's something in the cards at all.
Two sources close to MLSE board say there is nothing to the notion of the company looking at Wayne Gretzky as CEO or president or whatever.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) January 23, 2013
Add that onto denials from numerous other people including Darren Pang, and you can see this is pretty much headed nowhere.
But in case you need just a little more denial, the Great One himself shot it down.
Gretzky on HNIC Radio on Sirius: "100% no truth" to Leaf presidency rumour. Thank you No. 99.— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) January 23, 2013
You could have probably reasoned that if you could just remember how Gretzky fared when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes. The Leafs are looking to get out of the mess of the past few years, not dig deeper.
When you put arguably the biggest franchise in the game and connect it with arguably the biggest name in the game -- still -- you naturally get a bit of a firestorm. This one became a wildfire, but it has already been doused.