News keeps coming out of Ranger land. Along with the reported signing of Vaclav Prospal, Larry Brooks of the New York Post broke the news that Mark Messier has been hired as a special assistant to Ranger general manager Glen Sather.
It has long been speculated that Messier would eventually become the next general manager of the NY Rangers after Glen Sather decides to step down. However, while Messier does know his hockey and talent, being a general manager is more than that. By having this position Messier has the chance to learn everything from one of the best general managers in the history of the National Hockey League.
Other great players in recent memory have taken similar positions with their former organizations. Players such as Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings) and Al MacInnis (St. Louis Blues) have been appointed to similar posts in the hopes they will be able to use their hockey knowledge to build a team for the Stanley Cup.
People who know me know that I want to be a general manager in the NHL. Of course it is a long shot but if I am going to do it, I may be getting to Messier's position as a special assistant to the general manager someday. Who knows? Maybe I will be Messier's special assistant.
Right...time to put the rose colored glasses away.
Messier is one of the greatest leaders not only in the history of hockey, but in all of sports. He willed the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup in 1993-1994 while also being apart of the dynasty years of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. He will now start a whole new career, one that Ranger fans hope is just as successful and storied as his playing career.