According to the New York Rangers, Mark Messier will be leaving the organization. Here's his statement….
“I would like to thank the New York Rangers and particularly Glen Sather for giving me the opportunity over the last four years to work with the Rangers. 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. I wish the Rangers nothing but the best in the future.“
For more on the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, click here.
More Sather: I think (not being named coach), that's part of his decision, but we all have to live our own lives the way we decide to do it
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) June 27, 2013
…yikes, I guess he took the snub harder than I anticipated. The fact that he went out of his way to dismiss not getting the head coach position as the reason for him leaving, clinches that it was.
…i really have to question Messier here. How can he go from wanting to be the head coach of the New York Rangers to leaving the organization to build the game of hockey in the Bronx a week later? Makes me even more confident that Sather made the right decision passing over "The Captain." Obviously, he is not ready to put in the proper time, work and dedication it takes to be a successful NHL coach.
…i really hope at some point he changes his mind and comes back to the Rangers and the NHL. The league needs him to remain involved.