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Wayne Gretzky Joining Maple Leafs Rumours Quickly Quashed

01/23/2013 11:49 EST | Updated 01/23/2013 11:51 EST
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 30: National Hockey League Hall of Fame player Wayne Gretzky arrives at the 11th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter March 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for MJCI)

Settle down there Leafs fans, Wayne Gretzky isn't going to be joining the MLSE front office anytime soon, if ever.

Influential sports radio show host Bob McCown sparked wild speculation when he chatted on Tuesday about the possibility of Gretzky becoming the next president of Canada's biggest hockey franchise. The position has been vacant since MLSE management fired Leafs GM and President Brian Burke earlier this month.

And on paper Gretzky joining the Leafs front office isn't a bad idea. He had a tough run as coach and then owner of the Phoenix Coyotes but he's had his share of success in hockey management, too.

"It’s not like he has no experience as a suit running a successful hockey program. He was executive director of Team Canada in 2002 when Canada won gold in the men’s hockey competition at the Salt Lake City Olympics, and stayed in that role for several years," writes the Star's Damien Cox.

Of course, it's all wild speculation since a number of reports quickly deflated the Gretzky balloon.

But the rumours were enough to spark fierce discussion on Twitter about the relative merits of The Great One coming to Toronto to take charge of the Leafs.

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Gretzky MLSE Rumours

It's easy to see why fans latched on to the Gretzky rumours. He is, after all, hockey's biggest legend and Toronto media would probably find him a bit easier to talk to than the notoriously prickly Brian Burke. But let's just chalk this one up to Leafs fans desperate for good news about their team.