Without the benefit of talking to Mark Messier directly in recent days, my opinion of his “politician-like flip-flopping”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=ArpDMw_oV.TWTyNcF7wqKs57vLYF?slug=ap-stanleycup-messier&prov=ap&type=lgns over whether he wants Don Maloney’s assistant GM position is this:
Conceptually, Messier may love the idea of one day succeeding Glen Sather as Rangers GM. But when faced with an apprenticeship largely devoid of glamour — watching endless game film, crunching numbers, making the occasional scouting trip to remote arenas in Finland — Messier might not want to deal with the sudden change in lifestyle.
I don’t necessarily blame him for that. But what I will say is that I’d be a lot more convinced of his ambition to run an NHL team if he’d actually commit himself to learning the trade.