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Daily Times beat writer Anthony J. SanFilippo takes you inside the locker rooms of the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL.

Friday, November 11, 2011

GRETZKY AND GROUPER

Just arrived in Ft. Lauderdale where I'm rejoining the Flyers after a three-day hiatus back home - and I've arrived in time for news that the Great One may have changed his mind.

When he was asked a couple weeks ago if he would participate in the Winter Classic Alumni game, playing for the Rangers against the Flyers on New Year's Eve, Gretzky declined - citing family commitments and nobody wanting to watch a 50-year-old skating.

Then came a call from Rangers G.M. Glen Sather, who was Gretzky's coach in Edmonton.

In an interview with ESPN, Gretzky said after speaking to Sather that he'd think about it.

“Glen called and we talked for 45 minutes,” Gretzky said. “I really respect the Rangers doing that. That’s classy of Sather, Mike Keenan (who is coaching the Rangers' alumni team) and the Dolan family. So I told Glen I would think about it.”

With the names that are lining up for that Alumni game, it could be the most star-studded old-timers contest in a long, long while.

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The Flyers spent the last two days away from hockey, vacationing together in and around Naples, Fla./Sanibel Island. There was golf. There was lounging by the pool. And there was fishing.

Boy, was there ever fishing.

The coaches went fishing and assistant coach Craig Berube nabbed a whopper. Check out the photo of the 200-pound Goliath Grouper that was hauled into their boat. Any bigger and it would have been Moby Dick:

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