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08-19-2009, 11:40 AM
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Messier's presence helped out Leetch tremendously. With Messier around to shoulder other loads, Leetch could do what he did best, which was go out and play. Brian Leetch was an extraordinary hockey player, but he possessed a timid personality and was not an off-ice leader by any means.
The mere mention of Messier's name garners admiration and respect in the hockey world to this day...dont know how thats a bad thing to have in the front office. The people that are bashing Messier are either morbidly bitter and/or are too young to remember how truly great he was in the early-mid 90s.
I'm not denigrating Messier's contribution but no matter how you slice it, Leetch was the more important player on the ice in 94. If you want to cite Messier's off-ice contribution, that's fine but it is hard to grade intangibles like that. I have a similar problem with the retirement of Graves' jersey because of these cited intangibles.
As to Messier being admired and respected universally, I take that with a grain of salt, because Sather is still thought by many to be some sort of hockey icon despite his horrible failings. This is not a slap at Messier. It's a slap at reputations and perceptions.
Your opinion about "bashing" Messier is just factually untrue. First of all, he is not being bashed except by perhaps one poster and that is a questionable at best. I am neither bitter nor too young to have seen him in his glory so I certainly don't fit into your nicely defined little box.
I just think that post 94, the Rangers involvement with him has been nothing short of toxic.
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