Wayne Gretzky joining TNT’s NHL coverage after leaving Oilers post

The Great One is headed to TNT, The Post has learned.

The Great One is headed to TNT, The Post has learned.

Wayne Gretzky will be a lead analyst on Turner’s premier studio show after agreeing to a contract that will pay him in the neighborhood of $3 million per season, according to sources.

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The 60-year-old announced Tuesday he was stepping down as vice chairman of the Edmonton Oilers after the Jets swept them out of the Stanley Cup playoffs Monday.

ESPN and Gretzky failed to reach a deal to bring Gretzky to Bristol, leaving TNT as the clear favorite, The Post reported nearly three weeks ago. Turner, with Gretzky’s buddy Charles Barkley serving as a recruiter, closed the deal.

TNT and ESPN will take over NHL coverage from NBC beginning next season, and TNT is trying to build something that feels as central to the NHL as Barkley’s “Inside the NBA.”

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Andrew Marchand

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