Right, but even though he was cooked and done, I don't think he was quite ready for the third line. That last season, he still led the Rangers in scoring and had the highest PPG on the team. He also had the highest ice-time for forwards, but that may have more to do with John Muckler's being head coach than with Gretzky's merit. Yes, and in fact back in the mid- to late-80s it was commonly understood that Gretzky would retire young. My hockey guidebook that followed the 1986-87 season says (of Gretzky): "impossible to imagine him playing past his 30th birthday". (I think this was thought largely because of his fear of flying.) Gretzky also seemed to strongly dislike the "farewell tour" kind of retirement that people like Larry Robinson (Wayne's teammate at the time) did.