Mark Messier, the New York Rangers‘ messiah who guaranteed he’d win a Stanley Cup with the Rangers and delivered it in the 93-94 season, has decided today to step away from the organization he loves completely, all because he did not win the head coaching job for next season. As of yesterday, Messier was the Rangers’ special assistant to the president/general manager of the team, but today has decided to give that and any chance to be the Rangers’ future GM up.
Messier, who is known for crying, must have really shed a lake of tears after he found out from Rangers GM Glen Sather that he would not be the team’s next head coach. As a result from Sather’s decision, Mess decided to leave in order to become a head coach for a team who’s looking for a coach with no previous qualifications and absolutely no coaching experience. Good luck with that.
Now don’t get me wrong, Messier is and will always be my favorite player of all time. But I think his decision to leave the organization is all a matter of sour grapes. Messier did not get what he wanted so basically he stormed out, stuck his tongue out at Sather, and left saying something along the lines of “I’ll show you,” like out of a cheesy movie. I wish Mess the best of luck but nothing he or Sather have to say will convince me otherwise that this move was not purely sour grapes on the part of Messier.
So now I guess my dream of Messier being the new Rangers GM once Sather retires is forever gone. Maybe Sam Rosen was unfortunately right in 94 when he said, “the New York Rangers are the Stanley Cup Champions. And this one will last a lifetime.”