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Residual effect from Gretzky trade still felt today

Updated: August 19, 2008, 10:19 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Let's start with this premise: The trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings 20 years ago this week ranks as the most significant trade in the game's history.

We can only surmise what might have happened had owner Peter Pocklington not looked into his piggy bank and discovered it barren and kept Gretzky in Edmonton. How many more championships would the talented Oilers have won?

Would the Los Angeles Kings even exist today?

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