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.