Iginla trade: Gretzky relates to Iggy's situation

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky got a standing ovation at the Saddledome on Wednesday. Photo by Lyle...

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky got a standing ovation at the Saddledome on Wednesday. Photo by Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun.

Scott Mitchell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 AM ET

It's arguably the biggest trade in this province since Peter Pocklington sent the Great One packing.

And Wayne Gretzky sees similarities between his own Aug. 9, 1988, trade that sent him to Hollywood and Wednesday's deal that shipped Jarome Iginla to Steeltown.

"A little bit similar, I guess, because I never imagined not being an Edmonton Oiler," Gretzky told reporters in Red Deer Thursday. "I'm sure people kind of figured Jarome would be a life-timer with the city of Calgary, but that's the business side of sports. It's probably going to be a good deal for the Calgary Flames. It's probably going to end up being a good deal for Jarome.

"Unfortunately, the people that suffer are the real, true fans, and that's just the way sports is."

Gretzky, who actually took in the first period of the Flames-Avalanche tilt at the Saddledome Wednesday as the Twitterverse buzzed about a potential Iginla deal, says it was probably hard for everyone involved.


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