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Gretzky has no room to promote Nash


David Vest
© The Arizona Republic
Oct. 8, 2006 12:00 AM


Coach Wayne Gretzky was asked Saturday if right wing Tyson Nash, who scored two goals Friday in his first game in the minor leagues since 1998-99, could earn a promotion back to Phoenix.


"Listen, anybody in our organization that plays well can get an opportunity to play here," Gretzky said. "Anybody that can help us win, we'll gladly welcome him with open arms."


Because of a surplus of energy-line forwards, the Coyotes tried to trade Nash last weekend but found no takers, then placed him on waivers.


Nash cleared waivers and was demoted to the team's top affiliate in San Antonio.


Nash, who notched zero goals for Phoenix in 50 games last season, scored twice for San Antonio within the first 27 minutes of Friday's game to lead the Rampage to a 5-4 overtime victory over Grand Rapids.


The reality is Nash, 31, likely has played his last game for Phoenix.


"If somebody wanted him right now we would be open to that," Gretzky said of a potential trade involving Nash. "All he did was good things for this organization so we want him to play in the NHL. Right now it's tough for me when I've got two guys that are not going to play (every game) who I think are pretty good players in (Oleg) Saprykin and (Josh) Gratton, and (Fredrik) Sjostrom is hurt. We've just got a tough lineup for (Nash) to get into."