October 31, 1989
Edmonton's Jimmy Carson, unhappy since the Kings traded him for Wayne Gretzky, may be dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Detroit Free Press.
January 30, 1993 |
King owner Bruce McNall never wanted to part with Jimmy Carson when he made the blockbuster Wayne Gretzky deal with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988. Now, nearly 4 1/2 years later, Carson is returning to Los Angeles. But it took another major trade Friday as the Kings sent defenseman Paul Coffey, right wing Jim Hiller and minor league center Sylvain Courturier to the Detroit Red Wings for Carson and two minor leaguers, center/right wing Gary Shuchuk and right wing Marc Potvin.
August 9, 2013 |
Let's take a skate down memory lane and into the Los Angeles Times' archives in honor of Friday being the 25th anniversary of the Kings' acquisition of Wayne Gretzky, a trade that changed the fortunes of the Kings and the NHL. The Times' Lisa Dillman wrote a fine story that quoted the principal players on their thoughts about the deal, with the benefit of a quarter-century's hindsight. There really was no way to anticipate the effect Gretzky's arrival would have on the NHL - think Sunbelt expansion - and also on youth hockey in Southern California , which is now regularly sending players to major college hockey programs, the Canadian junior ranks and to the NHL. Rumors that Gretzky might be traded by the Edmonton Oilers had circulated for weeks before the deal, though both sides denied that a trade was imminent less than a week before it was done, as cited here.
April 9, 1994
Dear Barry Melrose, I guess it wasn't all Jimmy Carson's fault. MARK BLOOM Calabasas In fantasy hockey leagues, from one year to the next you can save up to six players. Could the Kings please do it that way next year? JULIE MILLER Santa Monica
June 20, 1987
Luc Robitaille is: (a) 1987 NHL rookie of the year. (b) the only King rookie of the year in the team's 20-year history. (c) Voted No. 1 rookie over goalie Ron Hextall of Philadelphia and teammate Jimmy Carson. (d) All of the above. The answer is (d), but no one in Los Angeles knows this since the L. A. Times does not give hockey front-page coverage. JONATHAN MILLER Encino