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Coyotes open training camp without coach Gretzky

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PHOENIX (AP) -The Phoenix Coyotes are opening training camp without coach Wayne Gretzky.

One day after the conclusion of arguments in front of a U.S. bankruptcy judge, the team began preparing for the upcoming season despite the absence of the "Great One."

Gretzky's coaching status remains in limbo until Judge Redfield T. Baum makes a ruling in the bankruptcy case of Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. In addition to being coach, Gretzky owns a small share of the team.

"His position with us is to be determined," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Saturday. "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."

Ulf Samuelsson will serve as the team's acting coach until Gretzky's ultimate status is determined, Maloney said.

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