In the CARDS

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - – BY SAL BARRY OF PUCKJUNK.COM

AR­GUABLY THE BIG­GEST FREE agent sign­ing in his­tory was when the Rangers inked Wayne Gret­zky to a two-year deal July 21, 1996. Af­ter all, it isn’t every day a team can sign hockey’s all-time lead­ing scorer. It was the first time Gret­zky had UFA sta­tus – and he wanted to play with friend and for­mer Oil­ers team­mate Mark Messier. So hyped was the re­union of these two leg­ends that Messier ap­peared along­side Gret­zky at the an­nounce­ment. Up­per Deck seized the op­por­tu­nity to show both play­ers at the press con­fer­ence on Gret­zky’s 1996-97 Se­ries One card.

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