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I believe that the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis snagged this quip from a certain Mark Messier, regarding the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup chances, to get people talking, so enjoy:
“They’re definitely playing well at the right time of year,” Messier, now a paid consultant to the Oilers, told The Post over the phone, as part of a media tour for the Can-Am Spyder motorbike. “I think that after a tough start, they’ve really come together as a team. They’re an exciting team to watch right now, they’re playing a good brand of hockey. They seem to be firing on all cylinders right now, getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players.”
When asked the obligatory question about their chances to win the Cup, Messier laughed before giving an endorsement.
“It would start in goal, and Henrik [Lundqvist] is playing great right now.,” Messier said. “They have a lot of balance in their attack right now, and their defense is as stable as there is in the league, so I give them a great chance.”
For over a week now Blue Line Station has been counting down the Top 10 Rangers players of all time and today they reached number one.
An Original Six franchise the organization has seen many greats grace the ice in Madison Square Garden ; so who would take the number one spot.
“I have tremendous respect for the coaching fraternity and for the art of coaching, I don’t take it lightly. I understand the benefit of experience.
“But I have a lot of experience in this game and in winning. I’m not 32. I’m 52. There’s a little bit of water under the bridge. I’ve learned a lot. My experience shouldn’t be discounted or under-appreciated, either.”
-Mark Messier. More from and on Messier by Larry Brooks of the NY Post.
via the New York Rangers,
Mark Messier issued the following statement today regarding his future:
“I would like to thank the New York Rangers and particularly Glen Sather for giving me the opportunity over the last four years to work with the Rangers. I am resigning my position with the Team to pursue an opportunity to expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Although some will perceive this as a reaction to the coaching decision, nothing could be further from the truth. I completely respect the decision that was made and for all the reasons it was made. I harbor no hard feelings toward Glen or the Rangers. This is a personal choice I am making to create a program in the New York area that will give our children more choices and opportunities in the future. I wish the Rangers nothing but the best in the future.“
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather statement:
“Mark Messier will always be a part of the New York Rangers family. As a player and then as part of the management team, he brought incomparable passion and dedication to the organization. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
So says Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet and Doug MacLean chimes in too.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Mark Messier has been awarded a $6-million settlement in the Hall of Famer’s long-standing grievance over money he claimed he was owed by the Vancouver Canucks.
George Nicolau, an 87-year-old New York-based arbitrator with a long history of handling high-profile sports arbitration cases, rendered his decision recently after meeting with both sides earlier this year….
Messier signed a five-year, free-agent contract with the Canucks in 1997 for $6 million a season. The dispute between Messier and the team is believed to centre on deferred money the hockey player felt was owed to him.
It has been reported that Messier had a clause in his contract that would compensate him if the value of the Canuck franchise increased over the life of his contract, which expired in 2002.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
According to a report Thursday night on TSN, one-time Canucks captain Mark Messier is pursuing the NHL club over money allegedly owed him from his time in Vancouver, which ended in 2000.
Messier joined the Canucks from the New York Rangers in the summer of 1997 in a highly publicized free agent signing that, due to a host of on- and off-ice factors, marked the beginning of a downward spiral that sent the team to one of the lowest points in franchise history. The team missed the playoffs in each of his three seasons in Vancouver.
Messier was signed to a three-year, $20-million contract and departed after the term of the deal. He re-signed with the Rangers, with whom he had won the Stanley Cup in 1994, in the summer of 2000.
From Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette (via Calgary Herald):
“What we’re saying is that the helmet is the most important piece of performance equipment we have,” Mark Messier said. “So The Messier Project is about trying to change that whole philosophy and the education that goes behind it.”
But the M11 helmet hasn’t been very popular with NHL players (only 12 of them are wearing it this season), partly because of “the look” and possibly because it is marketed as providing extra protection.
“The NHL still continues to be our greatest challenge,” Mary-Kay said. “One of the things we’re really working on is changing the culture of hockey so that head protection becomes a priority. The No. 1 criteria for selecting a helmet should be the protection a player gets and that it fits well to optimize performance, and not just limiting it to the look of the helmet. Part of the culture (in the NHL) is that if you choose a more protective helmet, does that in some way make you a weaker player?”
The NHL’s arrival in Europe last week coincided with two exhibition games between the leagues teams and their Russian rivals; the KHL. First up was an aggressive affair between the Carolina Hurricanes and SKA St. Petersburg. In a role reversal between leagues, SKA came out playing aggressively, so much so, in fact, that Hurricanes coach, Paul Maurice pulled his star players; Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward from the game as it deteriorated into a slugfest which resulted in a 5-3 victory for SKA. The other interleague game featured the Phoenix Coyotes gaining a measure of revenge for the NHL, by defeating Dynamo Riga 3-1. The interleague games were part of a longstanding tradition of play between the NHL and Russia. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the most famous and infamous matchups between the two rivals.
1. The Montreal Canadiens versus Central Red Army
December 31st, 1975
This matchup featured the most successful franchises from the NHL and the former Soviet league as the Canadiens played host to the Red Army team. Montreal featured Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey among others against Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov. The level of play was as high as the 72’ Summit Series as the star players from each team were entering their prime. Despite outshooting Red Army 38-13, the Canadiens were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie, due to the outstanding play of Tretiak. This game would cement Tretiak’s longstanding relationship withe the city of Montreal, as the team would go on to draft the goaltender 138th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, despite Soviet players not being allowed to compete in the NHL.
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Sources tell TSN that Hockey Canada will name Mark Messier as its general manager for the 2010 World Hockey Championship.
The 2010 event runs from May 7 to May 23 in Germany.
Messier, who is also the New York Rangers’ special assistant to general manager Glen Sather, is said to be “very excited” about his first international experience as a manager.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Mark Messier’s title with the New York Rangers is Special Assistant to the President, one of those felicitous-sounding designations that could mean almost anything. The widespread guess it best translates to “GM general in waiting.” The assumption is Blueshirts president Glen Sather will muddle on for the next few years, show Messier the ropes and eventually turn the daily operations of the team over to the dauphin.
There are pitfalls to a neat succession, of course, but this seems to be a career path already working splendidly for players of stature like Messier. Joe Nieuwendyk, who has Hall-worthy credentials, already has taken a GM seat in Dallas after understudying in Florida and Toronto. Al MacInnis has been getting rave reviews for his work in player development with the St. Louis Blues. Steve Yzerman might not be ahead of the estimable Jim Nill on the Detroit Red Wings front office pyramid—Nill, GM Ken Holland’s top assistant, is the league executive most deserving of running his own team—but he’s already shown enough to be Team Canada’s GM for the 2010 Olympics, among the most stressful jobs in hockey.
From Ron Francis in Carolina (player development) in Carolina to Luc Robitaille in Los Angeles (president of business operations), Messier’s generation of stars is generally proving itself capable in executive capacity.
The only question is whether Messier will be willing to put in the work.
more plus additional NHL talk…
NEW YORK (September 18, 2009) – Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano have been named recipients of the 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Captain is back.
As an apprentice.
Mark Messier is rejoining the Rangers’ organization as special assistant to club president Glen Sather, The Post has learned. It will mark Messier’s first job in hockey—and first full-time job, period—since he ended his playing career following the 2003-04 season.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity to move back to New York with my family, to learn from Glen and to work for the Rangers,” Messier said yesterday by phone from the Bahamas. “I’m going to come in and get my feet wet and get an overview of how the business runs and how the team runs and take it from there.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Understand. Messier is not campaigning for anyone’s job. He is not suggesting he should be the next GM. He is not suggesting he should be the next head coach. He is, however, suggesting he’s ready to get to work, and certainly would prefer to get to work for the Rangers.
“It’s hard to say what I would or would not do; to me, it’s a matter of finding the best way for me to contribute,” Messier said. “In the past, I’ve talked about what my wish list might be in establishing a vision for a franchise, but it’s a completely different discussion now that I’m ready to jump into the fray.”
This is no surprise to Glen Sather, for Slap Shots has learned the GM and Messier had a lengthy discussion on the topic last June in Ottawa before the Entry Draft. There’s been no job offer since.
One suggestion Mark, stop talking about getting to work and just do it.
from Gary Loewen of the Toronton Sun,
Mark Messier recommends that the NHL make face guards mandatory.
Never mind that he is shilling for a manufacturer of a hockey helmet that is touted to provide better protection against concussions — and Messier-like elbows.
Why stop with face guards?
Why not have players fitted with full NASCAR helmets?
continued plus the Western Conference performs well in the shootout…
“I want to get back in the game, I relish the opportunity to be part of a team in a different aspect than a player.”
“It’s tremendously taxing to be a coach because of the interpersonal relationships that you have to develop. It doesn’t interest me as much as being the overall seer of an organization.”
-Mark Messier appearing on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Night Talk’ program yesterday.
from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Mark Messier is sitting on the sidelines these days, enjoying the early stages of his new life as a retired NHL legend. Even still, few of the game’s legends are as tuned in to today’s NHL as Messier.
He’s opinionated. He’s eloquent. He’s passionate.
NHL.com was lucky enough to hear Messier be all those things and more in an exclusive phone interview Monday morning. We asked him about free agency, the Detroit Red Wings, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Winter Classic and a whole lot more….
NHL.com: Does four Cups in 11 years and having a core group of players — Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Tomas Holmstrom — playing on all four championship teams make the Detroit Red Wings a dynasty?
MM: You have to really respect what they have been able to do for a long period of time, without having great draft picks. To call it a dynasty — I don’t know.
From Mike Mastovich at the Tribune-Democrat:
Imagine the tough-as-nails Hanson Brothers as a trio of pacifists more into meditation and world peace than putting on the foil.
It might be difficult to believe, but the Hansons have a mellow mentality at the outset of “Slap Shot: The Junior League,” the third installment of the motion picture “Slap Shot” originally filmed in Johnstown in 1976.
Former Johnstown Jets star and ex-Johnstown Chiefs coach Steve Carlson revealed that filming of the movie concluded on June 1 in Surrey, British Columbia. Carlson plays Steve Hanson in the movies “Slap Shot,” “Slap Shot II: Breaking the Ice,” and “Slap Shot: The Junior League.”
more… and the movie is to be released straight-to-dvd later this summer, with cameos from Mark Messier and Doug Gilmour.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
As hockey moments go it was just about perfect except for one thing: In his introduction Messier was called “the greatest leader of all time.”
Not one of many, not even one of a handful, simply the greatest….
But I keep getting stuck on that introduction and my response is twofold: who says so?; and isn’t that a terrible injustice to many hockey players who are already or someday will join him in the Hall?
Don’t misunderstand; this is no knock on Messier’s leadership ability. What he did throughout his career makes a strong argument that he should be considered for that title, but how does one quantify leadership?
Mark Messier participated in a media conference call today, answering questions as he prepares to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, November 12th.
In 25 NHL seasons Mark played in 1756 regular season games, the second highest total ever, trailing only Gordie Howe. He recorded 694 goals which is seventh all-time, and 1,193 assists, third all-time. His total of 1887 career points places him second all-time behind only former teammate Wayne Gretzky.
He won the Stanley Cup six times, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1984, the Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player in 1990 and ‘92, and he appeared in 15 NHL All-Star Games.
Below is a transcript of today’s interview, plus a video selection of his career highlights, provided by NHL.com.