Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mark Messier Given Front Office Position With Rangers

It looks like Larry Brooks is full of Rangers news today. As we posted earlier, Brooks has the details of the Rangers signing Vinnie Prospal. He also has some more interesting news, Mark Messier is back in the New York Rangers organization.

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.
Immediately people are probably assuming that this is preparing Messier for the General Manager's position once Glen Sather eventually retires. But, according to Brooks:
This move should not be interpreted as Sather hiring his successor. Messier is not the heir apparent. Rather, he is assuming the same type of apprentice position that contemporaries such as Steve Yzerman (Detroit), Cam Neely (Boston) and Al MacInnis (St. Louis) have assumed with their respective franchises.
I have trouble believing that if Messier wants the job when Sather eventually steps down, that Messier won't be given much higher priority over the other possible candidates. It's been rumored for some time now that Messier wants to get back into hockey and it was assumed that it would either be with the Rangers or the Edmonton Oilers.
The Post has learned that coach Tom Renney approached Messier last season about the possibility of working with the coaching staff this season. It also has been learned that Messier interviewed this summer for the vacant coaching position in Edmonton that ultimately went to Pat Quinn (with Renney as his associate).
Time will tell what this means for both the Rangers and Mark Messier.

For now, the Captain is Back!

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