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Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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

Penguins

-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.

Atlantic Division

-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.

Northeast Division

-The Sabres re-signed defenseman Teppo Numminen to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million.

-The Maple Leafs hired former captain Doug Gilmour as an assistant coach with their AHL affiliate, the Marlies.

Southeast Division

-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:

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv1l_WHqI-w]

Central Division

-Free agent forward Kevyn Adams, a former Blackhawk, is looking for some work.

Northwest Division

-Former Flames forward Theo Fleury is playing some minor league baseball.

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