Mark Messier spoke with the Edmonton media on Tuesday and confirmed that he serves in an advisory role with the Oilers organization.
“Advisor or consultant," Messier said. "I am available for anything that they need me to do or talk about. For example, just coming in today and lending some of my experiences as a captain with the coaches here and the organization. Any kind of way that I can help with the players, with the coaches and with decisions. I just told (Kevin Lowe) and (Craig MacTavish) that I would be available 24/7 for whatever they needed me to do. I am looking forward to taking this into the next generation of these kids and turning it around.”
Messier says he is there to help the management with anything they need. He understands the frustration considering where the team’s performance has fallen in the last several years. But Messier feels the right management is in place and now is the time to stay the course.
“It takes a lot of courage. It’s been a tough few years here. It takes a lot of heart, it takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot of belief to grind your way through it in the lean years here. In my opinion, and of course I would probably get lots of arguments, that they have the right people in place,” he said.
“It’s been a long few years for the management, it’s been a long time for the fans but you don’t turn your back when things get tough. You stick with it. And you’ve got to have the heart and have the courage to stare it down, not flinch, believe in yourself and believe that you are doing the right things. Eventually, that current will turn. I believe we are going to see that.”