In an effect to rejuvenate his career--or perhaps just prolong it--Marty McSorley has moved into his old dressing room cubicle and put back on his old No. 33 sweater, but reminders of how long it's been since he played for the Edmonton Oilers are everywhere.
"I can't dwell on the fact I've played here before," says McSorley, a 36-year-old defenseman/fighter. "I can't dwell on the fact that I've been here on two Stanley Cup teams. These are all new guys."
The old ones, the ones who won the Stanley Cups, were guys like Wayne Gretzky, who went to the Kings in a trade with McSorley on Aug. 9, 1988. They have moved on from Los Angeles now, McSorley to Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and finally San Jose until coming back home after a period of unemployment.
He brings a sense of the past to Edmonton, even if he doesn't want to dwell on it. The Oilers are young--McSorley is one of 10 new players on the 24-man roster--and can use a gray hair or two. They also can use some protection, and McSorley is an experienced cop.