Turns out Glen Sather had more than “no comment” about the Mark Messier story that surfaced today. No, the Rangers GM and President wasn’t about to anoint Messier as his successor. But he didn’t quite dismiss the idea, either.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mark can make a comment about basically anything he wants to do in the future,Ã¢â‚¬? Sather said a day after Messier told the Edmonton Sun that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to proactively pursue the position. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But anything weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to talk about with each other is going to stay with us. At least itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to stay on my side.Ã¢â‚¬?
Asked if he had any plans to step down as GM, Sather was vague.
“Who knows in the sports business?” he said. “But I have no immediate plans to do anything.”
Sather was even more vague when asked if Messier would be qualified to just step in and run an NHL team, especially when he already has an assistant, Don Maloney, who’s basically been the team’s acting GM, anyway.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and age, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult enough to do this job unless you spend some time training,Ã¢â‚¬? Sather said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But MarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capable, as we all know, to do a lot of things with his life. He wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the first athlete to come into a position of responsibility and do well. It depends on a where a guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ambition is.Ã¢â‚¬?
Well, we already know where Messier’s ambition lies. Whether he gets his wish is another story.