According to Elliotte Friedman at Hockey Night in Canada (via Seth Rothman), Mark Messier will be joining the Edmonton Oilers, possibly as a "consultant."
After being passed over for the Rangers head coaching position for Alain Vigneault in June, Messier left the Rangers organization to focus on developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx.
Here's a portion of Messier's statement when he announced he was leaving…
"I am resigning my position with the Team to pursue an opportunity to expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Although some will perceive this as a reaction to the coaching decision, nothing could be further from the truth. I completely respect the decision that was made and for all the reasons it was made. I harbor no hard feelings toward Glen or the Rangers. This is a personal choice I am making to create a program in the New York area that will give our children more choices and opportunities in the future."
…wow, is every kid in the Bronx running around with a hockey stick already? That must have been some amazing job by Messier that he felt, after just 3 1/2 months, he could do no more to "expand the game." What a crock.
…if you didn't think Messier bolted Broadway because he was hurt by being passed over, now you do. And obviously, if he still has the desire to become an NHL head coach, he continues to not want to put in the required work in juniors or the AHL (see Patrick Roy) to become a successful one. Assuming he's just trying to get his foot into the Oilers organization so that when Edmonton brass makes Dallas Eakins the fourth Oilers coach to be fired in the last five seasons he'll have the upper hand on the job.
…not that I wasn't already, but I'm more confident than ever that the Rangers made the right decision not handing the keys to the Rangers franchise over to the "The Captain."