Soapy wrote: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 !
I don't like Messier, but I will admit something. After the '94 run and Rick Ley took over the team, I would argue that the Canucks got 'comfortable'. The long-time players didn't have that 'hunger' after the Cup final and it showed in the standings and in the team's performance. Despite pretty talented players, the Canucks did very little after '94 and both Ley and Renney struggled getting the team to wake up. Keenan came in and realized the team had some issues and then did his 'shock and awe' thing.
Messier came to the team and probably saw a few things about the team he didn't like, which people tend to forget.
Having said all of that - I don't like Messier and his legacy with Vancouver is certainly a pretty negative one.