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MessRich11* 08-23-2010 05:05 AM

If Messier had not gone wit the Canucks in 97, how do you think that would've affected the Rangers?

Tavaresmagicalplay* 08-24-2010 12:58 AM

I think they might have made the playoffs as a lower seed but they would have really done anything significant.

Regal 08-24-2010 04:44 AM

Does he put in the same mediocre performance he does with the Canucks? If I'm not mistaken, the Rangers signed LaFontaine to make up for Messier's departure, and he put up a pretty similar performance to Messier, so I don't think it would have changed much. And it most likely wouldn't have stopped the Rangers from overspending for mediocre, ill-fitted free agents and missing the playoffs for several years.

The more interesting question probably is how would it have affected the Canucks. While many Nuck fans like to rag on him, without him, they probably wouldn't have hired Keenan, and the two of them are partially credited for helping Naslund become a great player. As well, Linden probably wouldn't have been traded, getting Bertuzzi, helping form a great duo for a couple years. No Bertuzzi also means no Moore incident. And later on, no Luongo. Perhaps without the seemingly toxic culture that Messier and Keenan brought with them,or perhaps with his 6 mil salary better spent elsewhere, the team doesn't finish in the basement in '99, bringing in the Sedin twins. There's just a lot of what ifs there.

CharlestownChiefsESC 08-24-2010 12:18 PM

the rangers would have probably made the playoffs, but messier was on the decline in the 97 playoffs. im not sure if he would have been much of a factor if any.

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