Rangers Roundup: Mark Messier on what he’ll do if Blueshirts call; team gets day off; and latest NHL rumors

NHL legend and captain of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers, Mark Messier is starting to do media for his new book No One Wins Alone. The book is about leadership and his career.

In an interview for Maclean’s, Messier was asked specifically about coming back into the game.

Mark Messier on coming back to the Rangers

“I think I’ve always felt I could help an organization in many ways. But it’s important to be with people who believe you can help,” Mess answered a question about joining an NHL team. “If it happens, great. If it doesn’t happen, that’s okay as well. If the occasion ever came where someone thought I could help them, I would be more than happy to have that conversation”

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Jun 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Mark Messier is pictured on the red carpet during the 2019 NHL Awards at Mandalay Bay. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

If you recall, Messier made quite a stir during the entire Tom Wilson incident with some comments on ESPN radio.

“I’ve made it very clear that I’ve been standing by ready to help out in any way for many years,” he told Michael Kay. “I don’t really know what else to say.”

Mark also criticized then President John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton for how the team was built. It was certainly adding fuel to a dumpster fire.

When asked again what he would do if the Rangers were to ever call upon him, Mess was a little more restrained. “I don’t work in hypotheticals. If the right person thought I could help their team, I’d be more than willing to listen,” he said.

New York Rangers day off

The Blueshirts were scheduled to practice today at 1 PM in Ottawa. Gerard Gallant has now opted to give his charges a well deserved day off after their thrilling 3-1 win.

The New York Rangers rattled off their third straight road win of the new campaign to improve to 3-1-1. They have picked up points in four straight after a disappointing season opening loss to the Washington Capitals.

So far, the Blueshirts have played just one game in the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden. That contest saw the team have a difficult first period, but then surge to tie in the second. Igor Shesterkin has continued to carry this team as they find new ways to win.

NHL Rumors

Jack Eichel is moving on from a trade in order to focus on getting his surgery. That and more here.