Thread: Mark Messier
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04-13-2011, 03:22 AM
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The simplest answer is he wanted a bigger contract than the Rangers were willing to give him. It turned into a war of wills and off he went while the Rangers explored other options and it didn't work out for anybody.

Truth be told the Messier that came back to us later was on the decline--very often injured and more often than not a perimeter player. He still had leadership abilities but he should have retired two-three seasons before he actually did---the Rangers surrounding him those last years with has been all stars turning the team into a country club and a kind of laughingstock to the rest of the league--always way ahead of everyone in player salaries and never making the playoffs.

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