Mark Messier was on Boomer and Carton this morning and while chatting about Messier’s involvement with the Kingsbridge Ice Center and the outdoor games, Boomer Esiason said “It’s all warm and fuzzy, I love it but what the hell is going on with my hockey team. Are they starting to come out of it, starting to understand the system and will they ever hit anyone?”
Messier said “When you see them play like they did against Chicago, it was a great game and they gave Chicago all they could handle. Lundqvist played great. It’s never bad thing for a team to struggle, as long as you are talented enough and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When a team struggles it kind of forces them to get to the truth. You gotta look each other in the eye and wonder how you will fix the team. There aren’t many ways to go change a team now with the salary structure and you are stuck with who you got. You gotta look across the room and say how are we going to get ourselves through it. There are a lot of things that can happen for the benefit of a team. Instead of not going through any adversity and then hitting it at the right time without any time to dig out. I expect a big second half from the Rangers.”
On 20 years since the Stanley Cup, “I don’t know where the time has gone. You think about the parade and the people and now it’s reunions and all these things.”
On Chris Kreider, “When you see him play the way he is. You gotta have a lot of hope if you are the Rangers. That is a dynamic hockey player in a lot of areas of the game. He is just starting to feel his way through the game, learning how to be a pro, gaining the confidence and he is so aggravating to play against because he is big and strong. He is fast, he can score goals and take the body and muck it up. He is unbelievably smart kid, speaks 3 or 4 languages. He’s gonna be a good player. What is great about that is that he took the initiative to throw the gloves down to find out where he sits with all of that stuff. That had been burning for 2 or 3 games prior and the last game they played at the Garden they were going at it. He is testing himself in that regard and I really like him a lot. It’s good to see him playing.”
Messier said that he is looking for an AHL team to play at the Kingsbridge center in the Bronx.