I know I'm a blasphemer, and certainly in the minority for saying this, but what did trading for Gretzky do for L.A. besides get them to ONE Cup final where they lost to the Habs in 5 games? Sure, he put a*ses in seats but they gave up a hell of A LOT to get him. Dare I say, one could argue that that set their franchise back a little. The Justin Williams and Mike Richards trades I'm in full agreement with, though. I have to run before I'm shot by a Canadian mountie.
Continuing now with the Los Angeles Kings.....
BEST TRADES EVER:
GRETZKY AND MCSORLEY FROM THE OILERS FOR JIMMY CARSON, MARTIN GELINAS A BUNCH OF PICKS AND A CRAP TON OF MONEY
What was money afterall to Bruce McNall? It was almost as if he were printing it himself (later of course it turned out that wasnt far from the truth) so when the Oilers were in the unenviable position of knowing the great one was one season away from simply walking away and McNall cam
Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas $15 mil and 3 1sts for Gretzky McSorley and Krushilniski looks like a pretty good deal to me from a Kings perspective. The picks turned into not much. The money wasn't McNalls to begin with.
Carsons best season ever was in LA...107 points. he followed that up with 100 his first year in Edmonton, then 39/46/69/73/28/19. He played in one allstar game.
Gelinas points totals were 3/25/40/29/23/28/56/68/34/28 and so on...I don't think he was ever an allstar.
Gretzky, on the other hand was an 8 time 1st team allstar and 7 time 2nd team allstar.