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Messier leaves Rangers organization

Fresh off the decision to hire Alain Vigneault as head coach, Rangers legend Mark Messier has left the organization to assist in the development of the Kingsbridge Armory Ice Rink in the Bronx. Messier issued a statement to the media:

“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.“

It is a shame to see Messier leave the organization, but it is tough to believe he wasn’t stung by the decision to go with AV over himself as the coach. Messier is still in New York though, and unlike in 1997, it appears there are no hard feelings. The Kingsbridge project is a great project and it will need someone like Messier to help with youth hockey in New York. Kudos to Mess for getting involved in a project like this.

17 Responses to “Messier leaves Rangers organization”

  1. PopsTwitTar says:

    Thank god. He might have turned out to be the Greatest Coach/GM in History, but as as long as he was connected with the Rangers, his “legacy” would have raised unrealistic expectations.

  2. Brian says:

    Meh. Not a big loss. At least now the GM job once Slats steps down should be Gorton’s to lose.

  3. joe719 says:

    Kinda’ disappointing. He can say its not over the coaching decision, but come on! Its interesting to see that even after all these years as a Superstar, the ego is still intact. He’ll always be The Captain, and the Messiah; but taking your ball home because you lost the game; just isn’t becoming, IMO.

    • Walt says:

      Joe your right, they didn’t let him play, so he took his ball home. This is a sign of no class, and now I just managed to piss off the entire BSB readership!

      In spite of this act Mess, you are still great.

      • joe719 says:

        I don’t agree with your ‘lack of class’ comment; I’ll always love and respect the guy. It just tarnishes his image a little to leave this way. He WILL be back some day!!

      • Spozo says:

        Maybe Sather told him there isn’t anything in the near future for Mess? Sather said he has no plans of stepping down and AV just signed a 5 year contract. So if you have no future in a company how is it at all indicative of your character if you leave?

  4. Joey says:

    Well if he didn’t leave because of the coaching decision…then his sense of timing sure sucks. Methinks the lady doth protest…

  5. The Suit says:

    Gorton has earned future GM post. Messier hasn’t. Was time for him to move on as any other normal person would do. Understandable. Class intact.

    • RangerMom says:

      I totally agree, Mr. Suit. It’s clear he had no future doing anything of import with the Rangers (as long as Sather was there), so he decided to move on to something where he could make a positive contribution to the city and to hockey. I respect him for it. (P.S. Does everyone know that Mess has been involved in this project from the beginning? He’s one of the developers.)It’s a great way to cement his legacy in this city.

  6. Marc Weissman says:

    Kind of tad ironic, actually that here many people were worried his legend would be tarnished HAD he been named coach, and now watch. He’ll actually get boo’d next time he’s at MSG b/c he WASN’T?! LOL! I, for one, would never do such a thing, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility from some after pulling this somewhat spoiled brat move.

    I mean, did he REALLY think the organization would seriously risk putting all of its young, promising player development, Hank’s stay-or-go contract decision and the short and long-term future of the club on the shoulders of someone who has ZERO professional coaching experience?! No matter how broad those shoulders are?! C’mon, Mark. Thought u were smarter than that.

    Well, regardless, I wish him the best of luck with the kids. That is, after all, one of his strongest suits and a very logical next step in his career. It’s just the timing that raises an eyebrow or two. :)

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    Wow lots of messier haters.

    The guy is leaving to work on charity.

    Charity.

    He would have made one heck of a coach. Even if it was based off nostalgia, of all the people in this world he was the one that had the best chance of being a coach , green, and succeed out of the gate.

    • Walt says:

      No hate here towards Mess, but the man is self centered, and has the attitude of horay for me, and f**k you.

      He left us because he was greedy, came back 5 years later, and all was forgiven. He is currently in a position where he was being paid for being Mess, nothing else but good PR, and leaves because he didn’t get the coaching job. Even Slats said he should get some experience at coaching before you make demands like this.

      I never hated the guy, never will, but think with your brains, not emotions.

      • Sean says:

        Do we really have enough information about his leaving to assume it was based on ego?
        If he wanted to coach and wasn’t offered the coaching position and wasnt offered an assistant position (which I don’t know if he was) what reason does he have to stay?
        If he was staying in the organization in hopes of transitioning to a coaching role, then leaving after the position is filled into the neartuture seems pretty reasonable to me. And to go from a position where he’s paid to sit there and inspire nostalgia to one doing actual work with kids sounds like the opposite of self centered.

      • Ray says:

        It doesn’t matter if you hate him or not when you are saying hateful things.

        He filled a position in the organization and was somewhat in line to be coach or GM. The team is realigning itself for the future and has decided to go in a different direction for both positions. It is the right time for him to move on. MOREOVER, AV and Gorton will want their own people. From a Ranger perspective, it is the right time for him to leave.

        Whether he is a god or the most despicable guy on the planet, this week’s actions are pure class.

  8. tmd39 says:

    He’s actually doing the Rangers a favor. If things don’t go well for AV, having Mess in the organization and having him in the building every night wouldn’t help.

  9. TxRanger says:

    this is honestly a pretty cowardly move, of course this about the coaching decision. what? were they really going to hire a guy with no experience over AV? come on Mess, have more character than that.