Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, August 12, 1988
Gretzky trade shatters NHL
BY MOHIT KAPILA to be near his now-expecting wife how much they get out of obtaining in a city where the Kings run into host of extra first-round draft picks in
In the most significant trade in who resides in Los Angeles and for the "Great One" depends largely on competition with names like Magic, the coming years, the Oilers should
National Hockey League history, 8- the opportunity to help the Kings. whether Gretzky agrees to play Kareem, Kirk Gibson, and Bo Jack- add talented youth to a star-studded
time MVP Wayne Gretzky was sent "I felt that I was still young longer than the two years required on son and coming soon, Danny Man- cast that still includes Mark Messier,
by the Edmonton Oilers to the Los enough and capable enough to help a his existing 10-year multi-million ning, Tim Brown, and Gaston Green. Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Esa
Angeles Kings in a deal involving new franchise win the Stanley Cup," dollar contract. One thing for certain, Don't be surprised to see Gretzky Tikkanen, and Grant Fuhr, none of
four other players, three first-round said Gretzky, who has already won is that Gretzky will bring fans; and, play with the Kings for more than whom is older than 28 years.
draft picks, and in excess of $10 four NHL Championshipswith the according to Detroit Red Wings his two-year guarantee, which is all Indeed, Edmonton is looking to
million American in cash. Oilers, including one this past sea- General Manager Jimmy Devellano, he sometimes said he would do in extend their dynasty well into the
Also sent to the Kings were for- son. "L.A. needs help at the box office." Edmonton. It is obvious that money 1990's, and join the ranks of the
ward Mike Krushelnyski, and de- As for the Kings organization, This is understandable, of course, is no problem for Kings owner Bruce New York Yankees, Boston Celtics,
fenseman Marty McSorley,. one of McNall ($10 million or more is not and Montreal Canadians as one of the
the league's top goons and Gretzky's R petty cash), and that he is eager to greatest franchises in sports.
chief protector in Edmonton. In re- join the Organization of Press-Hun T
turn, the Oilers received Grosse 'fetha IWssil jOn ers Oanization o rgen Take heart anyway Red Wing
nteo ie cenerI felt that I Was still y-gry Owners (OPHO) led by George fans. Now may be the time for the
Pointe Woods native, center Jimmy Steinbrenner and Al Davis (he flew W
Carson, forward Martin Gelinas, who and a with Gretzky to the Edmonton press Stanley Cup. With Gretzky gone
was the Kings first-round draft choice un conference i his private jet).
this year, Los Angeles' number oneccihsprvtje) from Edmonton, and not having the
draft picks in 1989, 1991, and 1993, enough to help a new Look for McNall to give the defensive help in Los Angeles to
and the aforementioned cash. "Great One" a great raise in the near pose a threat yet, Detroit may have
The deal should have benefit all franchise win the Stanley future to insure Gretzky's services for its best opportunity to win the
parties involved. It should be re- several more years. Gretzky's current Campbell conference championship
membered that Gretzky, oft-consid- Cup. salary will exceed more than $1 mil- and go for the Cup (remember, the
ered the hockey greatest player ever, lion and will be worth much more in Red Wings have lost to the Oilers
and an unofficial "king" in his Cana- ; 'American dollars. the last two years in the NHL final
dian homeland, recently took a -Wayne Gretzky Edmonton should glso fare well four).
"queen" by marrying American ac- - with the trade. In Carson, they obtain Don't expect any major deals from
tress/model Janet Jones at a "royal one the league's top young scorers the Red wings, however. "We are
wedding" in Edmonton. (55 goals and 52 assists last year at going to camp with the team we
Gretzky himself requested the trade the age of 19). With Gelinas and the have," a content Devellano said.
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