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Messier’s Jersey Retirement—Curious Timing

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

The Oilers wanted to do it when the Phoenix Coyotes were in the house, so that two of Messier’s ex-teammates, Wayne Gretzky and Grant Fuhr, both of whom coach for Phoenix, could be in attendance for the ceremony. The Coyotes make only two appearances in Edmonton this season and the first came early – back on Oct. 23 – and the Oilers didn’t want to schedule it then.
So the Messier ceremony - which will honour the first decade of his career, in which he was a rambunctious, sometimes out-of-control physical force on behalf of the Oilers - could be overshadowed by whatever news happens to break out in the hours leading up to the deadline.


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