Coyotes' Hull gets quotes ready for season
8/31/2005 9:36:51 AM
Leave it to Brett Hull to provide his colourful outlook on hockey
with the 2005-06 NHL season right around the corner.
The veteran forward, who signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix
Coyotes last August and has a year remaining on his contract,
addressed various issues with the Arizona Republic including
retirement, general managers and coaching.
Hull, who has played 18 seasons in the NHL, said that while he
admired former St. Louis linemate Wayne Gretzky for trying coaching,
he was not one of the people who reportedly tried to convince Gretzky
not to try coaching.
"I've only told Wayne Gretzky not to do one thing, and he didn't
listen to me so I would never tell him not to do anything again,"
Hull said to the Republic.
"I told him not to come to St. Louis from Los Angeles and that (Blues
coach Mike) Keenan was an idiot. He said (Keenan) wouldn't be an
idiot once he got there. I said, 'He'll never change.'
"I was right."
Hull also said coaching was not something the future Hall of Famer
"I'm not very calculated," the 41-year-old told the Republic.
"I'm a real emotional guy, and as people probably know after reading
some of the things I've said over my career, I don't put a lot of
thought into what I say, and I say what I feel at the moment. I don't
think that's a real good quality for a coach."
Even with a year left on his current contract, Hull added that he
wasn't t thinking about his retirement just yet.
"This is not my 'Farewell Tour,' " he told the Republic. "Now, in a
month or two, you can talk to Gretz, and maybe he'll tell you that it
is my 'Farewell Tour.' "
Hull has played in 1,264 games in his NHL career with Calgary, St.
Louis, Dallas and Detroit, scoring 741 goals, 649 assists and 1,390
points. He has won two Stanley Cups in his career (1999 with Dallas
and 2002 with Detroit).