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Spurned Messier can't quit the Rangers

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07:30 AM ET 10.22 | Had things gone differently, he may be behind the bench right now. [But] Mark Messier said there is no bad blood between himself and the organization. "[That bridge has not been burned] at all," the former Rangers captain said on a taping of the YES Network's "CenterStage" on Monday afternoon. "The Rangers are going to be a big part of my life until the day I die. That bond has been created there." Messier went so far as to say he will be in attendance when the newly, now completely renovated Madison Square Garden is unveiled on Friday. "I'm going to cut the ribbon with the team," he said. "I don't hold any animosity to the organization whatsoever." ... "I wasn't hurt," Messier said when asked for his reaction to being bypassed. "I was [more] disappointed."

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October 22, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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If he was worth giving a chance to as a GM or coach, he would have a job by now.He also would've coached an AHL or junior team or been an ****'t. Being one of the best ever doesn't automatically make you a great coach, as a certain Brantford native showed in the desert...

Amen. Lot's of great players in all sports often (usually?) fall short when it comes to managing or coaching.

October 22, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Amen. Lot's of great players in all sports often (usually?) fall short when it comes to managing or coaching.

Gretz looked weird behind the bench himself.

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October 22, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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If he was worth giving a chance to as a GM or coach, he would have a job by now.He also would've coached an AHL or junior team or been an ****'t. Being one of the best ever doesn't automatically make you a great coach, as a certain Brantford native showed in the desert...

agreed.

October 22, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Amen. Lot's of great players in all sports often (usually?) fall short when it comes to managing or coaching.

Roy is looking good behind the bench so far.

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October 22, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Pearl Jam absolutely smoked the Wells Fargo Center last night.
Great show!

October 22, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Spurned Messier can't quit the Rangers

Brokeback Mountain?

October 22, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Spurned Messier can't quit the Rangers
Brokeback Mountain?

Messier's Broadway musical...

October 22, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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If he was worth giving a chance to as a GM or coach, he would have a job by now.He also would've coached an AHL or junior team or been an ****'t. Being one of the best ever doesn't automatically make you a great coach, as a certain Brantford native showed in the desert...

Agree with you that he should of appprenticed for the job but Messier wanted to fast track his way to the posistion like his boss Sather did. He was player/coach, head coach, GM and President all within 3 years

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October 22, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Pearl Jam absolutely smoked the Wells Fargo Center last night.Great show!

One more?

October 22, 2013  11:19 AM ET

That is true Slap very few great players make it as coaches or GM's. Which means lots of great head coaches and managers are in the making in Washington :-)

October 22, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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Gretz looked weird behind the bench himself.

The Peter Principle.

October 22, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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Roy is looking good behind the bench so far.

Roy also coached at some level before, Mess didn't.
I agree about the "great players make lousy coaches" theory by the way. The #s show it pretty clearly. The Gretzkys and Jordans of the world see things differently, (and probably unfairl), but that"s why they're who they are.
I was fortumate to meet messier and he is without question one of the nicest guys I've met, but before he tries to get a job with the big guys, he maybe should start as an assistant at the very least

October 22, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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... he maybe should start as an assistant at the very least

a la Oates.

October 22, 2013  02:30 PM ET

"I wasn't hurt," Messier said when asked for his reaction to being bypassed. "I was [more] disappointed."

Mark, I respect you, buddy, and I wish I could believe you but, I don't. You just figured out that it wouldn't be smart burning your bridges over this. Who knows? Maybe when Slats is gone it might earn you a 'look see'....

 
October 22, 2013  02:33 PM ET
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Agree with you that he should of apprenticed for the job but Messier wanted to fast track his way to the posistion like his boss Sather did. He was player/coach, head coach, GM and President all within 3 years

Exactly. "Apprenticed" is a really good word. If it was good enough for Patrick Roy, it should be good enough for Mark Messier. No shortcuts.

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