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.