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THE National Hockey League has reached a settlement with Wayne Gretzky to pay him money owed from his time with the Phoenix Coyotes, multiple source with knowledge of the situation told The Canadian Press.

It was worth close to US$8 million, according to one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Gretzky was owed money from former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. He filed for bankruptcy in 2009, leading to the NHL's ownership of the team until it was sold to a group led by Canadian businessmen this past summer.

Gretzky had served as coach and head of hockey operations before the Coyotes went bankrupt.

He made an appearance on the red carpet at last month's Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the insistence of Chris Chelios. Since then, he was seen at a Washington Capitals game sitting with owner Ted Leonsis.

But Gretzky hadn't been officially involved with the NHL since the Coyotes situation.

Zetterberg out two weeks

DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a back injury, leaving the Detroit Red Wings without their top two scorers for the time being.

Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion.

Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists.

The Red Wings hope to know more about Datsyuk's status today. He was to be reeevaluated Tuesday, but there's no timetable for his return.

Detroit recalled centre Cory Emmerton from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday.

Rogers secures naming rights

EDMONTON -- Already heavily invested in the sponsorship of the Edmonton Oilers, Rogers Communications has now acquired the naming rights for Edmonton's future downtown arena.

Calling it a "moment of pleasure and joy for everyone involved," Edmonton Oilers president Patrick LaForge told a Tuesday news conference the naming rights agreement moves the $480-million arena in downtown Edmonton "closer to reality."

Mayor Don Iverson said it's hoped construction of the building, the cornerstone to a massive downtown revitalization project, will begin next spring. Completion is scheduled for 2016.

The building will be called Rogers Place.

John Boynton, executive vice-president of the telecommunications giant, said the new agreement was a "natural extension of the relationship" between Rogers and the Oilers.

No financial details of the naming rights agreement were revealed, but LaForge said $1 million annually is "not even in the ballpark."

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 4, 2013 C4

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