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03-15-2004, 12:31 AM
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A Rivals perspective here.

Messier is IMO symbolic of the old guard in the NHL. Sure the guy can still play, but his era is over and it's time for the Rangers to move on. Sather's formula of throwing together the most talented players he can find does not work anymore.

Messier needs to retire or move to a different team for the Rangers to truely begin their rebuilding process. The failure to do so would be an attempt to hold on to the past, just a little longer.

Obviously Messier still can play in this league. If he wants to play Gordie Howe, he should do so as a role player on another team.

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