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04-15-2011, 05:17 PM
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Most of the players were Messier's side. I remember Leetch saying how he hated management for what they did to Messier.
As great & classy as Leetch was, he was never the same without Messier, nor was he ever the leader Messier was.
When Edmonton traded Gretzky & half the team, Messier took it upon himself to lead the Oilers to a fifth Cup. The Oilers were in no way a dominant team anymore, but Messier rose to the challenge.
These things happen in sports -- teams break up. Leetch was never comfortable as the Rangers captain. He was a super, super player, but he was not a leader. I remember his interview between periods of first game of the season after Mess left where he admitted he thought the Rangers could not compete without Messier. Instead of rising to the challenge when his turn to lead came, Leetch sulked. I knew then & there, the Rangers were doomed. They never made the playoffs again with Leetch.
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