G asked in SportsHockey · 2 months ago

What if Wayne Gretzky did not get traded to the LA Kings?

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  • 1 week ago


  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Mike erroneously presumes that every player is motivated only by money. That's ridiculous.  A lot of players have accepted far less $ to stay where they already were. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Several things

    1- You wouldn't see any southern teams (california, arizona, vegas) etc! Gretzky was the real reason why the Kings fanbase took off, and from there Anahiem and San Jose got teams as well. If Gretzky wasn't dealt to the Kings, there would be far fewer teams in the NHL had he not been traded.

    2- Because of Gretzky, a lot of hockey schools/camps arenas in the south were built, those wouldn't exist today. That means several big named players wouldn't be in the NHL past, current or future.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    A lot of things would have been different in the league. That is for sure.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You definitely don't have as much expansion or teams moving into California, the SW and 

    Southern US. I am not convinced the Oilers would remain quite as dominant though as both 

    Moog and Coffey had already been traded - Big wheels were already coming off the wagon. 

  • 2 months ago

    Edmonton might have won 1 or 2 more Stanley Cups than the one they did without him in 1990. Had he never played in California, there might not have been expansion to the southwest until years later. No San Jose, Anaheim, Phoenix or Las Vegas. And there might not have been the expansion, at all, of the American Hockey League that now has five Californian teams and one in Arizona.

  • JuanB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Then Gretzky would played for the Hamilton Oilers.  Edmonton wasn't big enough for an Gretzky Oilers anymore. 

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Maybe they beat Calgary in the Smythe Division Finals, and go on to win the Stanley Cup.  He stays in Edmonton for one more year, and leaves as a free agent in 1989.   There's no way that the Oilers could afford to keep him past the 88-89 season. 

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