Superstars Traded In Their Prime

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Text: Colin Becht,
Photo: Ray Giguere/AP; Bill Robbins/SI

Wayne Gretzky

25 years ago, the Los Angeles Kings pulled off a transaction so monumental that it is known simply as "The Trade." On Aug. 9, 1988, the Kings landed the "The Great One" along with Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, Los Angeles' first-round picks in the 1989, 1991 and 1993 Entry Drafts and cash. Gretzky made 10 more All-Star Games and won a Hart Trophy and three Art Ross Trophies after the trade. To mark the anniversary of the trade, we've compiled other amazing trades of stars in the prime of their careers.

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