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08:31 AM ET 01.04 | Mark Messier himself is conspicuous by his absence . . . not necessarily from the Rangers, but from the NHL. Well, OK, from the Rangers. Coming up on five years after he played his last game, Messier is on the outside looking in while contemporaries such as Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Al MacInnis and Ron Francis are making their marks in organizations around the league. "My feeling was to take three of four years to spend with the kids and my family, but I'm ready to get back in the game," Messier told Slap Shots last week. "Hopefully there will be a position that's a good fit for me." Understand. Messier is not campaigning for anyone's job. He is not suggesting he should be the next GM. He is not suggesting he should be the next head coach. He is, however, suggesting he's ready to get to work, and certainly would prefer to get to work for the Rangers. This is no surprise to Glen Sather, for Slap Shots has learned the GM and Messier had a lengthy discussion on the topic last June in Ottawa before the Entry Draft. There's been no job offer since.

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