Wayne Gretzky has spoken out concerning the men who traded him from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings last August.

In an interview in Los Angeles Saturday with the Edmonton Journal and later on the CBC program One On One, Gretzky said Edmonton "might be the greatest hockey city in the world" but that it gradually grew impossible for him to remain with the Oilers.He said he has remained mainly silent about the trade to the Kings because "you can't win a war of words" with Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and general manager Glen Sather, who "dominate the press in that city."

Earlier, Gretzky spoke of a steadily deteriorating relationship with Sather that was damaged by the coach's frequent criticisms of defenseman Paul Coffey, winger Jari Kurri and Gretzky.