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Gainey likes what he's hearing

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Bob Gainey thinks Brendan Shanahan's idea to call a meeting of NHL types from all corners of the game is a mirror of the playing style of the Detroit Red Wings winger.

"I think it's gutsy," Gainey, the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, said after yesterday's get-together wrapped up at the Four Seasons Hotel. " Particularly with the situation we are in with the NHL and the NHLPA today. There are always lots of (good ideas) buried inside people. I sat in a room (yesterday) with people I don't normally get to sit with and had a chance to listen to them and learn a little bit."

Shanahan wouldn't get into specifically what was discussed yesterday but probably will have more to divulge once today's meeting, to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., is finished. Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, who is participating in the summit along with teammate Alex Mogilny, said he would address the media today.

Some would say Shanahan is throwing caution to the wind with the timing of his meeting, but those taking part aren't complaining.

The group wants to come out of the meeting with some constructive recommendations for Shanahan to take to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow.

Properly enforcing rules already in place was a thrust of yesterday's meeting.

"We are not trying to go and rewrite the rule book and come up with all these radical changes," Shanahan said.

"We don't think the game is broken. I think there are certain directions or ways it can be nudged back on track."


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