What exactly does Messier currently do for the organization?
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06-18-2013, 10:48 AM
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He does professional scouting for the organization, not amateur really though.
As for what he does otherwise, I assume similar things to Rod Gilbert. Rod's more quirky, he walks in on random meetings and tells stories that are interesting, but have nothing to do with anything. Nobody interrupts him or tells him to stop, though, 'cause it's Rod Gilbert. Rod also hits on the ladies.
I assume Messier does similar things
They keep him around 'cause he wants to be around and they won't tell him no.
Not really. Gilbert is heavily involved in Garden of Dreams and other stuff like that. He's not at all a part of the hockey side of things.
Messier is. He does some scouting. He is very much involved with the prospects. He makes visits to our prospects to watch them from a scouting point of view but also meets with them just to see how they are doing personally, make sure everything is okay, give out any advice and such, etc. These are things I know for a fact. From there, it's hard to really gauge what influence he has in terms of trades and the like. There's no doubt that he's not going to influence a decision the way a Gorton or Schoenfeld or Clark will, but he's also not a glorified intern, either. His voice is going to be heard and taken into account.
As for his career path? I don't know. I don't know if he knows. What we need to remember here is that everybody has different priorities and is willing to make different sacrifices. Messier reportedly had no interest in the Edmonton coaching job last year because he didn't want to move to Edmonton. It could be that Messier wants to spend the rest of his professional career in the NY area, and that's going to make it a lot harder for him to move up the ladder than it would be if he was willing to go take a head coaching job in the CHL or AHL. And maybe for Messier he'd prefer to just stick around in a front office role for the team he loves while living a comfortable life. Can't hold that against him if that's the case.
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