30 years ago the biggest trade in NHL history smashed headlines across the league.
On August 9th, 1988, in a shocking deal, Martin Gelinas of the Los Angeles Kings was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers. He was shipped along with 15 million dollars, Jimmy Carson, and three first round picks for Marty McSorely, Mike Krushelnyski and a young prospect named Wayne Gretzky.
Gelinas would later go on to score 309 goals and 660 points over 1273 career games in the NHL, a great career. He would also score 4 series clinching goals en route to the Calgary Flames 2nd franchise Stanley Cup in 2004.
Superstars as big as Gelinas don’t often get traded anymore, so it is cool to look back 30 years later and still remember exactly where you were when you heard the shocking news.
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