Gretzky, who says that he still watches a lot of games and talks with Glen Sather, said:
"They have everything going in the right direction now. They play hard and they play smart. They believe in themselves and each guy does his own job. They don't have guys that try to do what they're not supposed to do. On top of that, John is a tremendous coach."Gretzky added "They play with a great deal of pride and confidence. I think that was really evident in the Winter Classic. You could just see that they were not going to be denied winning that game."