According to Elliotte Friedman at Hockey Night in Canada (via Seth Rothman), Mark Messier will be joining the Edmonton Oilers, possibly as a "consultant."
After being passed over for the Rangers head coaching position for Alain Vigneault in June, Messier left the Rangers organization to focus on developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx.
Here's a portion of Messier's statement when he announced he was leaving...
"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."
...wow, is every kid in the Bronx running around with a hockey stick already? That must have been some amazing job by Messier that he felt, after just 3 1/2 months, he could do no more to "expand the game." What a crock.
...if you didn't think Messier bolted Broadway because he was hurt by being passed over, now you do. And obviously, if he still has the desire to become an NHL head coach, he continues to not want to put in the required work in juniors or the AHL (see Patrick Roy) to become a successful one. Assuming he's just trying to get his foot into the Oilers organization so that when Edmonton brass makes Dallas Eakins the fourth Oilers coach to be fired in the last five seasons he'll have the upper hand on the job.
...not that I wasn't already, but I'm more confident than ever that the Rangers made the right decision not handing the keys to the Rangers franchise over to the "The Captain."
This whole clusterfuck with Messier just won't die. Its painful to watch one of my all time favorite athletes act like such a whiny, entitled, bitch.
Hey, Messier: YOU HAVE NO COACHING EXPERIENCE!
YOU DON'T GET TO COACH IN THE NHL WITHOUT HAVING EXPERIENCE! GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK CANADIAN SKULL AND STOP BURNING BRIDGES AND LYING TO US LIKE WE'RE NOT CAPABLE OF SEEING THROUGH YOUR BULLSHIT.
It is possible to professionally move on without harboring hard feelings for your past employer. The opportunities aren't available in NY, so Mess is looking elsewhere. Why does this mean he's bitter?
@TheNYRBlog we sure do miss Mess here in NY! Dont know if he was right fit as coach but sure could use his leadership skills!#11
He is not leaving his role with the Kingsbridge National Ice Center according to Friedman.
Messier never put the work in, he never went down to the A and travelled and developed players or a winning team. Not only didn't he deserve the job; he didn't even deserve an interview.
@TheNYRBlog where have we seen this before?Oh yes,when he left in a huff for Vancouver in 90's.Obviously his ego didn't retire when he did.
@TheNYRBlog mess would have had this team all playing like captains you could have had good Ast to bring coaching experience! Huge mistake!
@TheNYRBlog Rangers made the mistake messier was a one two year answer they needed now if this team flops the players look like cry babies!
First and foremost I appreciate what messier did for the Ranger organization in bringing us a Cup in 94. That's as far as it goes. The guy is a Mutt. I met him at two separate Charity events and was a complete jerk. As a diehard ranger fan since 75 I was taken aback as I found myself communicating with ken daneyko instead of everyone's idol messier. Go away mess and never come back you big baby.
Like no one saw this coming. I love Messier as much as anyone on any Rangers page but Sather made the correct choice. Don't let emotions of 1994 cloud the judgment. Let's see how this plays out.
From the wolf-pack game
William Cullen was at the game and sent in his thoughts on the game:
- “Best player on the ice”
- “Created a lot of good chances and used his body and speed well”
- “It was pretty much everything you would hope for and the one penalty he took was because he was sticking up for a teammate.”
Good for him. I don't know all the specifics of what happened between him and the Rangers organization. I don't believe many people know much at all. All that is out there is that he was excited to be considered for the head coach position, he didn't get it, and he left soon afterwards. He came out with his statement for PR purposes on behalf of himself and the Rangers. I would be absolutely shocked if the only reason he quit was because he was passed over for that one position.
It's a crying shame that Sather alienated Messier from the Rangers. Dolan should have done whatever necessary to have soothed the hard feelings created by the coaching search.
@TheNYRBlog he handled it like my kids do. His leaving was the equivalent off stomping of feet and slamming a door.
@TheNYRBlog sadly, the Rangers will never win Stanley Cup under Sather's GM leadership
I don't blame him a bit. I hope they give him the chance the Rangers would not. And from what I have seen so far, I am not impressed with our current coach at all. And yes I know it is early. We shall see what a wonderful choice this was in due time.
@TheNYRBlog messier will always be a legacy in NY. I hope he does well, and he will... Except when his team plays the rangers
@TheNYRBlog I agree that passing on Messier was the right call but I absolutely hate the hire they did make. Im not an AV fan hope I'm wrong
@TheNYRBlog I agree with your perspective on Messier
@Free Lindberg good stuff. if he can do it consistently down there, he should be back up to stay sometime this season.
@Norma Meyer Giving a guy a chance to run a team without any real experience, so close to the Cup, is such a huge risk. He has done nothing to show he is ready for the job. If the Oilers want to take that risk then let them. NY made the right choice in giving it to someone with experience and a Jack Adams award to go with it.
@gsk1994 Oh, I wish him all the luck in the world, but just didn't like how he handled whole situation.
@MissJtotheK Thanks. He's the last guy I want to criticize but he handled situation all wrong.
@TheNYRBlog don see how it could have been different. Opportunity presented itself. He has built enough equity to think about himself