I like the Canucks I do, I wouldn't say i'm a diehard but I cheer for the Canucks because I've lived in Vancouver almost all my life ( I won't state what my first team was but it isn't the Rangers or Oilers)
Anyways I always get sh*t from friends for having this Mark Messier poster ( He is my favorite player after all..) saying I can't be a Canucks fan if I like him.
There you'll find all the information you need to be a Rangers fan. I'm sure there are some Rangers fan boards that you'll like as well. Sorry to hear that you're not part of the club. Hope you enjoy chatting with your Rangers buddies about what a great guy Messier was.
Good luck and don't let the door smack your butt on the way out.
I wouldn't say I love the guy, but I do believe he got something of a bad rap during his time in Vancouver. It's not his fault that Canuck management stupidly believed that a then 36 year old player would be able to carry the club, and it is also not his fault that management was so delusional as to believe we were only one player away. The Canucks offered him an eye popping contract, and he signed it.
When he was here, there were often nights when he was our best forward. Granted, that wasn't hard on a team that featured such luminaries as Harry York and Darby Hendrickson, so that wasn't very hard, but nonetheless Messier was second in team scoring twice, and third once. The problem was that he was no longer a number one centre by that time, but the Canucks were paying him like one. Therefore, they played him like one. During those years, Messier would have been a tremendous second line/faceoff specialist asset on a contender like Colorado or Jersey, but he was horribly miscast on a team that needed a rebuild and youth movement.
Larionov wrote:When he was here, there were often nights when he was our best forward. Granted, that wasn't hard on a team that featured such luminaries as Harry York and Darby Hendrickson, so that wasn't very hard
a) no he wasn't. he got top line minutes, and ALWAYS first unit powerplay time. much like his second sting with thr Rangers, he'd get the vast majority of his points on the powerplay. His most famous powerplay move was the patented flip back pass accross the middle to turn the puck over .
b) the year he came we had: Bure, Mogilny, Naslund, Bertuzzi, Lumme, Ohlund, Hedican
We got LUONGO!!!!!!!!!!
I hate Messier for his help in dismantling the Canucks. He broke up a fun team to watch in a short period of time. Mogilny on the other hand...I liked him for the most part. He was a floater at the end of his time here but he was surrounded with anvils. He just needed a top line center. His 55 G year he was with Ronning. Then the Canucks dumped Ronning & the G's for Molginy dropped. Strange times were about to happen to the 96-00 Canucks !
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