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Gretzky talks Subban, Olympics, overtime rules on TSN

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TSN.ca Staff
11/22/2013 10:26:02 PM
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Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky joined TSN's Gord Miller in Washington on Friday to talk hockey during the NHL on TSN broadcast of the Canadiens-Capitals game.

Gretzky was asked if he believes Montreal Canadiens defenceman PK Subban should be on Canada's blueline in February at the Sochi Olympics.

"I'm not going to get in the middle of that controversy because Stevie Yzerman obviously knows what he's doing, he won a gold medal in 2010," said Gretzky. "Listen, that's the greatest thing about our game, there's so many good players. If you take PK Subban you're going to win a gold medal, obviously that's a big part of the success of our country is we have so many good players and so much depth.

"I don't envy Stevie, it's a tough job right now for him, and it's a predicament that I'm sure he's nervous about because there are so many good players. But I hope PK makes the team, he's a good young man."

Gretzky had a chance to meet with Subban this week and Miller asked what the Great One said to last year's Norris Trophy winner.

"(I) told him to play hard every night, they don't take players who don't play hard every game. Just do the best you can and if you play as hard as you can every night, that's all you can ask for," recalled Gretzky. "(There are) a lot of good players in our country and as has always been the case all the way back to 1972 and the Summit Series, there are always some guys who are disappointed that they're not a part of Team Canada."

Miller asked Gretzky how he felt about recent talk at the NHL GM meetings about possibly extending overtime, or moving from 4-on-4 to 3-on-3 play.

"I wish it was around when I played," joked Gretzky. "It's exciting, and I agree with people like (Red Wings general manager) Ken Holland who say 'You know what? We're just trying to keep the game exciting for the fans, and yet we don't want shootouts to determine the outcome of who is in the Stanley Cup playoffs'.

"So by going to a 3-on-3 or a 4-on-4, the game itself becomes more important than a shootout. As much fun and exciting as the shootout has been, I think this will be good for the game if they do go in that direction."

Miller took a moment to ask if Gretzky had any desire to take another job in the NHL.

"To me, it's a great game. The players today are better and bigger and stronger then they have ever been," said Gretzky. "It's fun to watch, we should be very proud of the game we have right now, and I'm very excited just to be a fan."

Wayne Gretzky (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
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