Hull prefers to scrap this season, start anew

Updated: February 9, 2005, 9:59 AM ET
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Add one more item to the list owners and players are at odds about during the NHL lockout.

Wayne Gretzky
Gretzky

Brett Hull
Hull

Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett Hull told TSN on Tuesday he disagrees with friend and former teammate -- and Coyotes co-owner -- Wayne Gretzky about the push for a shortened season if an agreement can be reached in the labor negotiations.

Gretzky has said he is in favor of trying to resolve the lockout in time to play an abridged season. But Hull, the league's active goal-scoring leader, wants no part of such a solution.

"It would be ridiculous," Hull told TSN. "Both sides have come this far and battled so hard on what they believe needs to be done. The game has suffered, so let's just call it a wash and start next year.

"We should just cancel [the season] now, get this thing done and let the teams prepare their staff, their season ticket and PR people and be ready."

Gretzky told TSN he values the opinion of his former St. Louis Blues teammate and one of his "closer friends."

"Brett's played for almost 20 years ... If that's the way he feels, that's his opinion," Gretzky said. "I'm not going to sit down and try to hit him on the head to get him to change his mind."

Hull and Gretzky do however, agree on one matter in the lockout -- the amount of damage it's done to the NHL.

"At the end of the day, we're all losing," Gretzky told TSN. "The players are losing, the fans are certainly losing, and the owners are losing.

"We need to rectify the problem. What that answer is, I don't know. People ask me all the time, and I don't have it."

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