Rangers Make Final Offer to The Moose

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With the signing period for unrestricted free agents beginning Monday, there is little question that Mark Messier, the Rangers’ 41-year-old captain, will be back for a 24th NHL season, several people close to Messier confirmed to The New York Times during the last week.

All that needs to be done is for Glen Sather, the Rangers’ president and general manager, and the Messier family to agree on what could be the final one-year contract of Messier’s career before the Rangers begin training camp Sept. 13. Messier is represented by his father, Doug.

Messier, who will be 42 on Jan. 18, appeared in 41 of the Rangers’ 82 games last season — the fewest of his career. He missed most of the second half of the season, including the final 23 games, with an injury to his left shoulder that needed surgery. He finished with seven goals and 16 assists.

With 1,804 career points, Messier needs 47 points to overtake Gordie Howe (1,850) for second place behind Wayne Gretzky’s 2,857.