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After a week of lead-up, the 25th anniversary of Wayne Gretzkys Edmonton exit is finally here. But while it was the end of an era in Edmonton, it was not the end of a dynasty (a point that countless TSN.ca users have vehemently made over the past week). The Oilers would get stunned by Gretzkys Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 1989 Stanley Cup playoffs and watch, stunned, as their provincial rivals the Calgary Flames lifted their one and only Stanley Cup to date. One year later, however, the dynasty would get its extension. After a regular season buoyed by a Hart Trophy performance from captain Mark Messier, the Oilers attended to unfinished business. After sweeping Gretzky and the Kings in the Smythe Division Final, the Oilers topped Chicago to take their sixth Clarence Campbell Bowl in eight years before dispatching the Presidents Trophy-winning Boston Bruins in the Final. The next two seasons would see the Oilers in the Conference Final, but 1992-93 would see the official end of the Oilers dynasty, kicking off a four-year run of early tee-times. So, what happened? The Gretzky trade is seen as many as the first straw in the unraveling of the Oiler dynasty, but in truth the beginnings can be traced to Gretzkys final season in Edmonton when Hall-of-Fame blue liner Paul Coffey withstood a contract dispute with owner Peter Pocklington, eventually forcing the team to deal him to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Edmonton got a solid return on Coffey with Craig Simpson. The Oilers also got blue line depth in Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph as well as forward Dave Hannan, but it was Simpson that paid immediate dividends, scoring 43 goals in 59 games for the 1987-88 Oilers. The next big move was Gretzky, of course. While the idea of "fair value" in trading possibly the greatest player of all-time cannot really be assessed, the Oilers did get a lot for Gretzky. Jimmy Carson - who still holds the NHL record for career goals before a players 20th birthday - was coming off a 55-goal season and would score 49 in his lone full season as an Oiler. Even the return on Carsons request to be dealt bounced the Oilers way with three crucial pieces to the 1990 Champions in Joe Murphy, Adam Graves and Petr Klima. Martin Gelinas would play 20 NHL seasons and over 1,200 career games. Adversity would hit the Oilers again in 1990-91 as Messier spent a large part of the season battling injuries and the dynasty was forced out. Jari Kurri found himself in a contract dispute with Pocklington and spent the entire season playing in Italy. The team performed well and made the Conference Final, but the writing for the glory days was on the wall. The levees broke in the following offseason as Kurri, Messier, Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr and Steve Smith were all dealt away between May and October and Graves would sign with the Rangers. Once again, the Oilers - despite trading their core - received value. Dealing Fuhr (who had lost his starters job to Bill Ranford) and Anderson netted them Vincent Damphousse, a 23-year-old with five years of NHL experience and three 25-plus-goal seasons under his belt. Kurri would net them Scott Mellanby, who would go on to a 22-year NHL career that would see him captain two different teams. Smith netted them enforcer Dave Manson and a pick that the Oilers would use to select Kirk Maltby, while the return on Messier would include Bernie Nicholls. The 30-year-old was a ways off from his 150-point days, but had still put up over 25 goals and over 70 points the previous year. Replacing a championship core that had been together for over a decade was a difficult ask for the Oilers, but the pieces they got in return - especially Carson, Simpson and Damphousse - seemed to be a good start on paper to keeping the team competitive. The undoing of the Oilers, apart from trading away the championship core was a combination of a decline of bad luck and impatience. Carsons early exit was not something the Oilers banked on and their handling of the three firsts was somewhat imprudent. They dealt the 1989 first prior to draft day, selected long-time NHLer Martin Rucinsky in 1991 but dealt him after just two games in an Oiler uniform and got just two games out of 1993 first-rounder Nick Stajduhar. Klima and Graves helped greatly in 1990, but they were both out of Edmonton within three years of their acquisition. Simpsons output stayed productive after his record 1987-88 output, racking up between 29 and 35 goals in each of the next three years, but he would be slowed by injury shortly thereafter and would have his career cut short after a back injury as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. Damphousse - like Carson - was a star in his debut Oilers season, scoring 38 goals in 1991-92. But like Carson, he would last just one year, getting dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for Shayne Corson the following summer and becoming a key piece in the Habs 1993 Cup run. Compounding this was the teams dry spell on the draft floor. The Oilers did not draft, develop and - most importantly - keep a high-calibre player between 1983 (when they drafted Esa Tikkanen) and 1993 (when they drafted Jason Arnott). As for the core of the dynasty, they would get their last hurrah – just not in Edmonton. The 1994 Cup Champion New York Rangers would boast seven players that had won Cups in Edmonton: Messier, Graves, Tikkanen, Anderson, Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and Jeff Beukeboom. The Oilers would rebuild and revive in the mid-to-late 1990s with the likes of Doug Weight and Bill Guerin and later with Ales Hemsky and Anson Carter, but it was clear that the dynasty days were a thing of the past. Philadelphia Phillies Shirts . P.A. 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On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111.AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley does not believe his side getting to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final is the biggest achievement in the clubs history. The Dons were formed in 2002 following a decision to move Wimbledon to Milton Keynes and after starting a new club and climbing back into the Football League for the start of the 2011-12 season, the club now face Plymouth on Monday for a chance to play in League One next seasonArdley, who took over as manager in November 2012, believes the actions of his predecessor Terry Brown, who led his side to promotion through the Conference play-offs, were more important. Is this the biggest game in the clubs history? No, said Ardley, whose side edged past Accrington 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.Terry Brown getting us in the (Football) League was big, us beating Fleetwood on the last game of the season to stay in the League, theyre significantly bigger.But Wimbledon, Wembley has got a ring to it. Just seeing the fans and the elation and the comments you just think it means so much.As a kid I always wanted to be a manager even when I was young and I was playing.I always dreamed of not only playing at Wembley but more so leading the team out, and to realise that at a young age when my parents are still alive and my wife and daughters, Im all of a sudden quite cool in my daughters eyes.I was really emotional after the Accrington game. That game, the significance of that game wasnt just the promotion. Just to have this occasion is massive.Ardley signed his first professional playing contract with Wimbledon in 1991 while he was still at school and stayed with the club for 11 years before joining Watford.Despite the Wimbledon he played for becoming MK Dons and the fans forming the new club, Ardley believes this is another step in the clubs history and not the first time Wimbledon have been to Wembley - the Dons famously beat all-conquering Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final.He said: Its the next time Wimbledon have got to Wembley.Wimbledon, my club, these fans that support me now and that are on my board, they used to watch me play.I ask the question - whats a football club? Getting us in the (Football) League was big, us beating Fleetwood on the last game of the season to stay in the League, theyre significantly bigger.dddddddddddd Neal Ardley The chairmen come and go, the players come and go, stadiums get built, everything can change in a football club, the one thing that stays constant, that gets passed down, is fans.What is a football club? Its fans.Ultimately these fans were there watching me, they were there in the 70s and the 60s and ultimately theyre still there now, and the same fans who were asking for autographs from me when I was 16 and 17 coming through the ranks are coming up to me now and showing me photographs of that time now.Im taking Wimbledon back to Wembley for the first time since 1988.The history of the club is a story which is known all around the world and author John Green, who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, has signed the rights to turn it into a film describing it as the greatest underdog sports story youve ever heard.A win at Wembley on Monday would see Wimbledon move into League One for the first time and Ardley is confident the players will use the history to help them on the pitch and may even use some of the sentiment in his pre-match team talk.He said: I normally get a gut feel with the team talks.Normally I try to keep it quite level, but I will know that on the day, with five minutes to go.They know the aim is that we will be stronger next year than this year and listening to them talk, I think they are keen to leave a legacy.They look at the history of what has happened and they have more connection this group than any other team I have had with the fans and I think they are keen to say, This is our time now. The story is Hollywood.I just think if we can win on Monday it might go from the film being cut at the play-off win that Terry Brown had and me not being in the film to the film just being extended and me getting a part! Also See: League Two video Fixtures Table Live on Sky ' ' '

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