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02-07-2013, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
My take is that Messier himself thought he was still a superstar, and he acted as such. All the "my way or the highway" stuff that Vancouver fans complain about is exactly what Messier did in New York, and it worked beautifully there. My opinion is that by the time Messier got to Vancouver, his skills were eroding, but by that point his ego had been so built up, he refused to realize it, and he no longer had the skills to back up his demands.
Absolutely. This pretty much sums it up. The last person on the planet to realize that Mark Messier was no longer a superstar was Mark Messier.

As much as I love the man, that's really what caused him and his teams to struggle in the last seven years of his career. It certainly was a large fault of his, but I don't think it really diminishes his reputation and legacy as much as others do.

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