ESPN has approached Wayne Gretzky about a broadcasting role, sources told The Athletic's Sean Shapiro.
There's no indication of The Great One's interest level but he hasn't declined ESPN's advances, Shapiro adds. Gretzky is currently the Edmonton Oilers' alternate governor.
ESPN and the NHL reached a seven-year broadcast deal reportedly worth over $2.8 billion in March. The pact gives ESPN exclusive broadcast rights to four Stanley Cup Finals between 2022 and 2028, representing its first foray into the NHL since the 2004-05 lockout.
Turner Sports also inked a seven-year deal with the NHL and will split broadcast rights with ESPN.
Both networks are in the process of finding on-air personalities for next season.