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ESPN hires Rangers legend Mark Messier as NHL analyst

Campaigning for a job with the Rangers proper after they fired John Davidson and Jeff Gorton didn’t work out. So Mark Messier discovered one other line of labor.

The Rangers legend has been employed by ESPN as an NHL studio analyst on a multiyear deal, the community introduced Thursday.

“The game of hockey, and the NHL, have afforded me enormous opportunity, success and experiences on the ice and in my life,” Messier mentioned in a launch. “My passion for the game is as strong as it has ever been and I am looking forward to sharing that passion, plus my insights and analysis with the sport’s incredible fans.”

Messier, 60, has beforehand made visitor appearances on Versus and NBC’s NHL protection.

The six-time Stanley Cup champion — who led the Rangers to their 1994 Stanley Cup win, ending the franchise’s 54-year title drought — made waves final month throughout an interview on ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show” simply hours after Jim Dolan dumped his president and basic supervisor.

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ESPN has employed Rangers legend Mark Messier as an NHL studio analyst.
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“I’ve made it very clear that I’ve been standing by ready to help out in any way for many years,” Messier mentioned on May 5. “I don’t really know what else to say.”

The former Rangers captain mentioned he might “one thousand percent” coach with none prior expertise; this was every week earlier than new president-GM Chris Drury fired David Quinn.

Messier, who beforehand was a particular assistant to former basic supervisor Glen Sather, was thought of for the Blueshirts’ head-coaching job in 2013 earlier than they employed Alain Vigneault.

ESPN has already added former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes as properly as Ray Ferraro and Brian Boucher as analysts. Leah Hextall was employed to do play-by-play and different roles. Messier’s former teammate, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, just lately joined TNT as an analyst.

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