Mark Messier, the player widely considered most responsible for the Rangers' most recent Stanley Cup in 1994, is pleased to see the 2015 team making a win-now push for another title this June.
In particular, the former captain applauded this week's trade for the Coyotes' Keith Yandle.
"They've earned the right to take another run at it," Messier said Tuesday at an event celebrating Delta Air Lines' partnership with Madison Square Garden. "They've been close the past couple of years, a conference final [in 2012], a Stanley Cup Final [in 2014].
"They've displayed all year they have the resiliency to take a run at it. They've won with injuries. They've won without their number one goalie. So there is no reason not to take another legitimate run at it, and to give them every opportunity to do it."
Told many casual fans don't know much about Yandle, who had spent his entire NHL career in Arizona, Messier said, "People that are watching hockey pay attention to him. I think they know enough about him. He should be a good fit for the type of game they're playing, moving the puck and speed. He should be a good fit."