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Why have NHL, Wayne Gretzky split?

Updated: April 15, 2011, 10:58 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

The NHL playoffs began this week, and for the second consecutive postseason the question of why Wayne Gretzky doesn't have an official job or even a very high profile in the league remains a sensitive one. Some hockey insiders will only discuss the issue on background rather than attach their names to their remarks. What soon becomes clear is there's a sort of Kabuki theatre that has been playing out in public. There are the painted-on smiles everyone presents. And there's what's going on behind ...

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