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08-16-2009, 12:58 AM
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Messier named Special Assistant ...

This move should not be interpreted as Sather hiring his successor. Messier is not the heir apparent. Rather, he is assuming the same type of apprentice position that contemporaries such as Steve Yzerman (Detroit), Cam Neely (Boston) and Al MacInnis (St. Louis) have assumed with their respective franchises.

"While I believe I have a lot to offer, I know I have a lot to learn about the management and business side of the sport," Messier said. "From the hockey side, I'm going to try and get a feel for the players we have under contract, the depth of our organization, the operation in [AHL] Hartford.

It's nice to have Messier back with the team and this is the perfect role for him. I think no matter how the Rangers try to spin it this move makes Messier the obvious replacement for Sather. I'm not sure if that's what I want to see but I think this is the first step to Messier running the Rangers.

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