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Steve Simmons writes that there is less pressure on Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after his team has won three straight games but prior to that the Oilers were considering a coaching change and were "sniffing around" the idea of Mark Messier filling that role. (Toronto Sun)

Messier is currently working with the Oilers as a consultant and in talking about his role, Messier said that he is "available" for anything that the organization needs. He added that he told former teammates Kevin Lowe (Oilers President) and Craig MacTavish (Oilers GM) that he is available to them 24/7 for whatever they need. (Oilers)

He said that he speaks with the players, coaches and helps out with certain decisions. (Oilers)

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Mark Messier taped an episode of Centerstage with Michael Kay today and the NY Post reports Messier says that he has no hard feelings towards the Rangers over being passed over for the head coaching position.

Messier said that he will be part of a group of people who will help introduce the new Madison Square Garden on Friday.

He said that there is a bond between him and the Rangers that will be there until the day he dies.

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7:42PM: On HNIC, Glenn Healy said of Messier joining the Oilers, "The Rangers mistake is a gift for the Oilers. He isn't going to jump in full-time, he will be doing things where you meet with a Danny Dekeyser and if you have Mark Messier in your living room and you don't think that the Edmonton Oilers are a great organization you aren't paying attention.

1:42PM: John Shannon tweets that Messier will do some scouting and project work for the Oilers. He also says that Messier wants to stay involved in case an NHL job that he wants becomes available.

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While in Edmonton for a sports memorabilia dinner and to see Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish, Mark Messier spoke with the Edmonton media, via Oilers Now on 630 CHED, and the topic of his future in the NHL was brought up.

Messier was asked if he intended to get back into the NHL after his project with the Kingsbridge Armory is finished and Messier said, "I do, for sure."

He added that he took this opportunity to because he has been involved for the past three-years and the area means a lot to him.

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In the NY Post, Mark Messier spoke with Larry Brooks and said that it was Glen Sather who approached him about the Rangers head coaching position after John Tortorella was fired.

Messier said that after taking some time to discuss the idea with his family, he told Sather that he feels like he has the right qualities to bring the Rangers to the next level, Sather should go through the process and hire the person he feels is right for the job, even if it isn't him.

Messier said that he isn't bitter at all and was considering taking on a bigger role with the Kingsbridge complex for a while.

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Mark Messier has released a statement announcing that he is leaving the Rangers organization to to develop the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx.

He has spent the past four seasons as a Special Assistant to President Glen Sather. The Rangers media guide said that Messier "assists President and General Manager, Glen Sather, in various on and off-ice team activities."

Messier says that this decision had nothing to do with not being chosen as head coach and that he has no hard feelings towards Glen Sather or the Rangers organization.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers should make Mark Messier the head coach of the Wolf Pack and allow him to gain experience running and managing his own bench so that he could one day be a more formidable candidate to become a head coach at the NHL level.

Brooks says that the team could make Ken Gernander an associate coach but he doesn't specify whether that would be with the Rangers or the Wolf Pack.

By coaching in the AHL Messier would allow himself to expand the pool of potential teams that would hire him as the two teams who have had interest in him coaching are the teams that he has deep rooted history with and long term connections.

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, Mark Messier is in La Quinta, California for the Rangers organizational meetings in his role as Special Assistant to Glen Sather.

Messier though is recusing himself from taking part in the interviews with coaching candidates.

THIS SECTION is about Messier wanting to become head coach of the Rangers.

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7:17AM: 6/4/13: In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes not to dismiss the idea of Messier becoming coach of the Rangers. He says that if Messier shows that he really wants the job and will commit to the work, he could get the job.

Garrioch writes that Glen Sather is considering Messier but that he would need a strong associate head coach with a lot of experience to run the technical aspects.

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According to John Shannon of SportsNet, Mark Messier is truly interested in coaching the Rangers.

Pat Leonard reports the same thing in the Daily News.

Former teammate Nick Kypreos reports on Messier's interest as well.

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5:36PM: Bob McKenzie said on TSN Radio earlier today "There is the Messier route, he has no experience but he is Mark Messier. I don't know if Mess wants to do it. I know a year ago, after the Oilers fired Tom Renney and didn't name Ralph Kruger as head coach, that they investigated that possibility of Messier coming home to Edmonton as a coach. I don't think Messier was either a) up for coaching at the time or b)going back to the Oilers. I think he is intrigued by the notion of doing something more than he is doing. Does he want the whole enchilada, jump in with two feet. Does he want to dive in head first?"

5:18PM: Katie Strang of ESPN NY sent out a tweet saying that the Rangers will definitely not overlook the idea of making Mark Messier the head coach.

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We like the direction the team has gone in the last couple of years. We added some strong pieces to the group. And of course, when you have a goalie likeHenrik Lundqvist, you?re always in the game. We feel pretty good.

NY Times

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"I entered into this position I am right now to try to gain as much experience in as many different areas of the game, to learn as much as I can about as many different aspects of the management side. So, basically, I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can right now. I think it's also important, going through the process, to get an understanding of what I really like about that management side, where I really feel comfortable and how I can help the most, and what my real expertise is.

Daily News

I think that Messier's future is within the organization and that he won't do what Steve Yzerman did and leave to take a GM job somewhere else. In time, Messier will have a big role with the Rangers either as GM, President or possibly even coach. All of this seems to be down the line though as John Tortorella is signed up with a three-year extension and Glen Sather may never leave.

It has been reported that there is no plan of succession to follow Glen Sather
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You have to be willing and patient to let these kids grow and mature and make mistakes, and not try to accelerate the process, because if you do, you wind up making mistakes that can cost you for years down the road. We?ve done well, we made the playoffs this year with a tremendous amount of adversity and injury, and unfortunately lost in the first round, but I think the Rangers are definitely going the right way as far as building a team.?

Messier before Game Three In Boston

I am guessing that John Tortorella has made his vision known of how the team should be developed and he has Mark Messier on his team. I am as well and we have seen in the past on how rushing players can be detrimental to their development. I trust the Rangers management and coaches to make the right decisions with players and develop them accordingly.
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Messier was the GM of Team Canada at last years World Championships.

I am sure that he is also checking in on Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh. I wouldn't be surprised if he also has had some conversations with Chris Kreider.

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At MSG.com, Stan Fischler writes that Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky both need to be back on the NHL's "center stage" after being away for some time.

Messier is a special assistant to GM Glen Sather while Gretzky has been out of the league since he stepped down as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

I don't think Mess is going anywhere and will continue to work with Glen Sather, most likely with the idea that he will take over as Rangers GM at some point. Gretzky is interesting and there has been a lot written about him being out of hockey, but I don't see him taking on any sort of hockey role in the near future. At some point Gretzky will be back in the game, but he will do it on his terms and at his pace.

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At Howlings, Bruce Bertlet writes in his regular column about Rangers assistant to GM Glen Sather, Mark Messier, attending Whale practice.

Bertlet quotes Messier as saying that Tomas Kundratek has a nice career ahead of him:

?He really looks like he?s going to be a NHL player.?

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?Mess has really taken a hold of it,? said coach John Tortorella. ?This is the second day with tape; he?s taking centers one by one. It?s probably one of the weakest parts of our game. We talk about puck possession, that?s puck possession, winning faceoffs.?
John Tortorella to Steve Zipay of Newsday

...That is so cool. One on video work with Mark Messier.?I love, LOVE the idea of Derek Stepan learning directly from Mark Messier. I have to think that Messier will be a help, especially with video, in fixing the faceoff problem. It will take time but it seems like it's going in the right directionMore on Stepan at the Daily News

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According to Darren Dreger, Mark Messier will coach Team Canada at the Spengler and Duetschland cup.

Messier was the GM for Canada's team at the World Championships last spring.

The Spengler Cup is a tournament held in Switzerland at the end of this year.

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...The best part is that John Tortorella asked him to do this. In July there was a report out of Toronto suggesting a riff between the two sides. Messier is Messier, surely he has a wealth of knowledge to teach the Rangers and he can be an asset to Torts.

I can't wait for the first, when will he teach Chris Drury to be a Captain comment, email or tweet.

The Daily News also has a piece on Messier working with the center

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Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun who claims on his twitter page that, "he is the lead sports columnist for the Toronto Sun and the Sun Media newspapers", has this line in his Sunday Column:

Did you know that John Tortorella made it clear he didn?t want Mark Messier anywhere near the dressing room of the New York Rangers in the second half of the NHL season? Doesn?t sound like Messier is about to replace the should-be-replaced Glen Sather any day now
...Huh?

If there is some issue between Messier and Tortorella why did it take a guy from Toronto to tell us this months after the season ended. Larry Brooks has nothing on this?

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Mark Messier was the general manager for the Canadian team that just finished seventh at the World Championships. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun writes:
Wonder what the Team Canada washout at the worlds does to Mark Messier?s future with Hockey Canada. We may not take the world?s seriously but Hockey Canada does ...
...This was a relatively young team that Messier compiled for the Worlds and they looked good until they ran into Russia. There were holes in the team, and they would have been helped immensely by Sidney Crosby or some other Canadian players that were eliminated from the playoffs. It was a young team that needed experience and now has that to build on.

Think team USA could have used John Tavares or Jordan Eberle? They did need a better selection of goalies, Chris Mason and Chad Johnson? Maybe they could have done better there but Messier only has a limited selection of players to pick from and the top players are still playing. He should still have some sort of future there if he chooses it.

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Bruce Garroich, in the Toronto Sun, reports today that the belief around the NHL is that Glen Sather will step down as GM after this season and Mark Messier will replace him.

Sather would remain as President of the Rangers.

...That has been rumored for a long-time, the only part missing here is that Wayne Gretzky takes over as coach. This is the way that people believe the Rangers future management will take place, but I have my doubts that it happens after this year. Messier is in his first year back with the team, and still needs more time to fully understand how to work things out as a GM. Again, this is only a belief and not a report of something concrete. But many people that I have spoken with, think that this will happen at some point, probably over the next three seasons, so that Messier can have a better understanding of the day to day and overall work that needs to be done.

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TSN is reporting that Rangers legend Mark Messier will be the GM for Team Canada at the World Championships in May.

Messier is currently a special assistant to Rangers President and GM Glen Sather.

...This is pretty cool and a nice stepping stone for Messier.

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In the Sporting News, Craig Custance lists what he thinks are the top five deepest front offices in the NHL.

At five, Custance lists the Rangers:

But you have to credit Slats for the talent he has assembled in his front office. Assistant GM/coach Jim Schoenfeld is a highly-respected hockey mind and it was a good idea to bring in Mark Messier as a special assistant.
See the rest of the list at the Sporting News

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Pierre Lebrun, of ESPN.com, has a blog post up checking in with Rangers legend, and special assistant to Glen Sather, Mark Messier.

Lebrun says that Messier is having a great time with his new role:

"Glen has given me a lot of latitude to look into the organization into a lot of different areas, to spend time in different areas, starting with Traverse City [Red Wings rookie tournament], working through training camp, evaluating, going to Hartford [AHL], watching other games, taking in some meetings downtown with internal operations ... every day is different," Messier said. "A lot of latitude to move around, see what's going on and continue to learn."
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Arthur Staple, of Newsday, looks at former Rangers Captain and current special assistant to Glen Sather, Mark Messier and his transition from being a player to working in the front office.

Messier is following in the footsteps of former teammates and players who have made the move to the upstairs, sometimes with unflattering results:

?I don?t really agree that because you were a superstar, you can?t be a good coach,? Messier said Tuesday as he and Willis Reed stood outside the Garden to promote a new sponsorship agreement with Delta Air Lines. ?Good teams, good organizations help people become good coaches.
To read the rest of Staple's story in? Newsday, click here.

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Jim Matheson, of the Edmonton Journal has new information on the rumors that Mark Messier had interviewed with former teammate Kevin Lowe about the head coaching position in Edmonton.

"That's not necessarily true," said Messier. "I talked to Kevin about working in the Oilers organization in some regard ...not just this summer, but for the last few years. We never really talked about the coaching, per se. We explored every possibility."

"I have a lot of respect for (Oilers owner) Daryl Katz and Kevin, but with my family moving up to New York (from Hilton Head, S. C., and the Bahamas where he also has a hotel) .... my son Douglas is going to start school (this fall) and we wanted him to go there, it seemed to make sense to be closer to home this year.

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Andrew Gross, of the Record, posted some thoughts to his blog about yesterday's announcement of Mark Messier being hired to be a special assistant to GM Glen Sather.

Here's another thought: Does Messier's hiring put any more pressure on John Tortorella to show results quickly? Messier has indicated he's more interested in a front office position than one in coaching. However, per Messier, Sather already asked him to coach the team once - before Sather had to take over for the fired Bryan Trottier while Messier was still a player - and Messier apparently was disappointed not to get a call from Sather about the job when Tom Renney was fired.
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....I won't lie to you, my dream as a kid growing up was that Mark Messier would coach the Rangers and Patrick Ewing would coach the Knicks. That doesn't entirely feel realistic though. But, I wouldn't rule out Messier coaching the Rangers eventually. Meaning, I feel Messier is best suited to be the President of the team, while Cam Hope or someone takes over for Glen Sather as GM, like what is happening in St. Louis where John Davidson, JD!, is the President while Larry Pleau is the GM. Its a partnership that I feel would be the best for the Rangers going forward. However, in six years or so, if John Tortorella is struggling and is let go, the logical replacement would be Messier, who at this point would have been around the organization in this type of role for a while. You wouldn't have to start over by bringing in a new coach, you would be bringing in, a Rangers legend who had been around the organization for a while. I understand where Gross is coming from when he writes this, and its certainly possible,? but I got sort of a rushed feeling about it while reading.

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(Update 12:55) Press Release making it official after the jump.

According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Mark Messier will be re-joining the Rangers as a special assistant to GM Glen Sather.

Mark Messier is rejoining the Rangers' organization as special assistant to club president Glen Sather, The Post has learned. It will mark Messier's first job in hockey -- and first full-time job, period -- since he ended his playing career following the 2003-04 season.

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