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09-18-2013, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
It was a good question then. It is still a good question today.

The Rangers offered Messier exactly what a better player in Gretzky was making.

After being awarded the 3 years at 6 per post cup that he was set to hold out for, he wanted another 6 per year from the Rangers that was completely un-justified as evidenced by his Vanvouver tenure.

The Canucks couldn't wait to pay him the 2 million buy out of the last two years of the contract he signed. Getting rid of Messier couldn't have happened any faster for that Franchise.
Not to belabor the point but, how does one of the best players to ever lace 'em up, and one of the best leaders in ANY sport... looking for his retirement contract - even come close to a comparable with Stepan whom I'm a huge fan of, but who has a ton to prove in this league, and is an RFA seeking his 2nd contract?

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