The wound is unlikely to ever heal.
As long as Mike Comrie plays in the NHL, he'll be vilified by Edmonton Oilers fans every time he comes to town.
It's become standard now for the local product.
"I don't think it ever becomes routine to come here," Comrie said. "I don't think you're ever fully prepared for it.
"It's been a while. All I can say is that I worry about my play on the ice, and I'm sure the Oilers are only worried about their play and the fans all have their own opinion."
Until Chris Pronger turned his back on the city and bolted for a warmer climate in Anaheim, Comrie was Public Enemy No. 1. Having started his career with the Oilers, Comrie, just like Pronger, was a fan favourite until a contract dispute eventually saw him traded.
He's since been back as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Islanders.
"It's always fun to come back and see my family and friends," Comrie said. "I grew up here and lived here for 20 years so I have some good memories. The last few months of my career here weren't the greatest, and it seems like everyone just remembers those last three months."
Comrie, 28, signed a one-year contract extension with the Islanders this summer and heading into last night's game against the Oilers, had six goals and seven assists this season.
With the Islanders currently at the bottom of the NHL standings and looking to rebuild for the future, there's talk Comrie could be moved before the trade deadline.
"I was in the same situation last year, although we were in the hunt a little bit more," Comrie said. "You try not to worry too much about it. You just go out and play hard. We are all professionals and trying to win, we don't try to think too much about the future and the trade deadline.
"As hockey players you can't think too much about that, but that being said, we know what's at stake, it is a business."