How does Gretzky move forward?

Updated: September 25, 2009, 9:48 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Maybe there just is no good way to fire the greatest player of all time.

Maybe that's why Wayne Gretzky suddenly finds himself unemployed; the game's greatest player now suddenly estranged from the game and his reputation, if not in tatters, at least somewhat bruised.

In the wake of Thursday's announcement, it becomes difficult to assess Gretzky's legacy as a coach other than to suggest he is another victim of the mess in the desert that threatens to leave no one unsoiled, ...

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