The moment Connor McDavid first slipped on an Edmonton Oilers jersey, the franchise’s history was forever altered.

And as the young phenom began plying his trade in the big leagues, raising his stock with each passing game, the trade chatter regarding star teammates Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle slowly grew. Eventually a move just seemed inevitable, with theories ranging from culture issues, the need for a defensive upgrade, or the fact that the Oilers were simply destined to become “Connor’s team” sparking the discussion.

Those long-awaited deals came to be, of course, with Hall moving on to New Jersey and Eberle more recently getting flipped to the New York Islanders.

But even though it seemed an expected result to many outside the Oilers organization, there’s no question those two moves were hard to stomach for those within the locker-room.

“It never gets easier,” McDavid told Postmedia’s Mike Zeisberger on Saturday. “Jordan’s a great friend. We’re really close. He did a lot for me coming in as a young guy, taking me around Edmonton and kind of taking care of me. It’s never easy to lose a friend like Jordan or Taylor. It sucks.

“It just goes to show you that it is a business. But friendships do last. I talk to Taylor all the time, I was at Ebs’ wedding …Those are the types of bonds you get when you are on a team.”

This isn’t McDavid’s first trade-market rodeo. He first endured the sting of hockey’s financial side during his junior days with the OHL’s Erie Otters.