Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Oilers' trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Oilers to the Kings. The trade pretty much rocked the entire sport in more ways than we can properly delve into in this forum.
But above all else the trade showed that anyone could be traded. If the sport's most prolific scorer could be dealt, just about anyone else could. If "The Great One" could be moved, any one else was fair game.
But not everyone did. In fact, there have been 21 players all-time who have played over 1,000 games in the NHL and only wore the uniform of one team. Take a look:
|Player, Team||Games Played|
|1. Alex Delvecchio, Red Wings||1,549|
|2. Steve Yzerman, Red Wings||1,514|
|3. Stan Mikita, Blackhawks||1,394|
|4. Joe Sakic, Nordiques/Avalanche||1,363|
|5. Mike Modano, North Stars/Stars||1,320|
|6. Ken Danyeko, Devils||1,283|
|7. Henri Richard, Canadiens||1,256|
|8. Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings||1,252|
|9. Gilbert Perreault, Sabres||1,191|
|10. George Armstrong, Maple Leafs||1,187|
|11. Bob Gainey, Canadiens||1,160|
|12. Bobby Clarke, Flyers||1,144|
|13. Jean Beliveau, Canadiens||1,125|
|14. Dave Taylor, Kings||1,111|
|15. Craig Ramsay, Sabres||1,070|
|16. Rod Gilbert, Rangers||1,065|
|17. Denis Potvin, Islanders||1,060|
|18. Ron Ellis, Maple Leafs||1,034|
|19. Wayne Cashman, Bruins||1,027|
|20. Bob Murray, Blackhawks||1,008|
|21. Claude Provost, Canadiens||1,005|
New Jersey's Martin Brodeur is on the cusp of becoming the first goaltender to play over 1,000 games exclusively with one team. A look at the top ten active players in terms of games played with one team:
|Player, Team||Games Played|
|1. Joe Sakic, Nordiques/Avalanche||1,363|
|2. Mike Modano, North Stars/Stars||1,320|
|3. Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings||1,252|
|4. Martin Brodeur, Devils||968|
|5. Shane Doan, Jets/Coyotes||883|
|6. Jarome Iginla, Flames||860|
|7. Daniel Alfredsson, Senators||853|
|8. Wade Redden, Senators||838|
|9. Patrick Marleau, Sharks||795|
|10. Jere Lehtinen, Stars||769|
NOTE: Joe Sakic is a free agent mulling retirement.
NOTE TWO: Wade Redden signed with the Rangers in the offseason.
(Photo: Lefty's Autos)
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-The Penguins' Web site is the 10th thing that comes up when you Google "Pittsburgh." The Steelers' comes in at No. 11 and the Pirates' at No. 14.
-Apparently $1 million isn't "anything significant" in the Hill District.
-The Flyers promoted Craig Berube from his head-coaching position with their AHL affiliate, the Phantoms, to an assistant job with the NHL team. Former Senators coach John Paddock was hired to take over the Phantoms.
-New Islanders forward Doug Weight has something to prove.
-The Islanders have narrowed the search for a new coach to three candidates.
-The Sabres re-signed defenseman Teppo Numminen to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million.
-The Panthers signed free agent forward Janis Sprukts.
-The Hurricanes will give former forward Jeff O'Neill a tryout. O'Neill didn't play in the 2007-08 season.
-Former Hurricanes forward Trevor Letowski signed to play in the Russian KHL next season. You may remember Letowski from this hit he received from former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong during the 2006-07 season:
-Free agent forward Kevyn Adams, a former Blackhawk, is looking for some work.
-Former Flames forward Theo Fleury is playing some minor league baseball.