That Messier Guy is Back

August 16, 2009, by

ESPN reports that Mark Messier has taken a position in the Rangers front office as a special assistant to general manager Glen Sather.  The report mentions that this may be the first stage in Messier assuming the post of general manager when Slats finally hangs it up.

Nice to see Messier taking a more active role in the front office as the years have gone on.  He’s has always hung around the Rangers organization after his retirement, and this move shows me that they acknowledge and recognize him in such a way they want him to stay around longer (because honestly, who wouldn’t?).  Speaks volumes as to how the Rangers treat their esteemed alumni, with Rod Gilbert seemingly everywhere you look and Adam Graves also having a role in the front office.

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  1. Jerry says:

    love that he’s back. it probably means that he’s the next GM whenever Slats calls it quits. But i like it:

  2. jurgenno88 says:

    I’m over the moon we have another legend back in our organisation but the sensible thing would be to give the reigns to Schoenfeld and have messier as Ass. GM.

    Then in 5-10 years Messier will be perfectly positioned and experienced enough to take the big job on.

    i think his personality will get him ahead of Schoeny though – rightly or wrongly.

  3. Stas says:

    I’m just hoping he has the same success as stevie Y…he’s already one of the more respected individuals in NHL front offices and he’s only had the job for 3-4 years

    • NYRjurgenno88 says:

      but alot of Stevie Y’s success has been pretty much hand fed. If you gave Messier an exec’s job with Hockey Canada and asked him to pick and oversee a few rosters he’d do a pretty good job (who wouldn’t?) and thereby enhance his rep quickly too.

      i love Steve Y too, but is their a better/easier place to learn your trade than Detroit/Hockey Canada?!

      • Stas says:

        this is true, but as a new guy he could have just as easily tanked rather than have some measure of success