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Gretzky remains off-ice with Coyotes

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 1:52 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

""His position with us is to be determined. He's the head coach right now. Given the timing of the court date and the lack of a decision on ownership, Wayne thought it was better to sit back for a few days and evaluate."
-- Coyotes' GM Don Maloney

Wayne Gretzky was again absent from Phoenix Coyotes' training camp Monday as his contract status remains in doubt. Associate coach Ulf Samuelsson has been running the workouts and acting as head coach, according to GM Don Maloney.

Gretzky, the Coyotes' head coach and managing partner, has not appeared at Jobing.com Arena since camp opened Saturday, one day after Judge Redfield T. Baum finished hearing arguments from the NHL and PSE Sports and Entertainment regarding the auction for the sale of the Coyotes.

Until the ownership issue is decided it's unlikely Gretzky will be in camp, Coyotes GM Don Maloney has said.

Phoenix opens its preseason schedule Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena against Los Angeles and Samuelsson will again serve as acting coach.

"His position with us is to be determined," Maloney said. "He's the head coach right now. Given the timing of the court date and the lack of a decision on ownership, Wayne thought it was better to sit back for a few days and evaluate.

"We feel that we've got a good plan in place for the next seven to 10 days."

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