Originally Posted by spiderarms
In another setting, another time, he would have been "straightened out" big time. If he was playing in the 60's and 70's he would have had to fight his own battles in which case I'm sure he would have been much more selective about his aggressions.
His first year was 1979. He played juniors in the 70's. 1980-1996 is widely regarded as the toughest time period in the NHL...EVER.
I would think that in his 23 seasons in the NHL, which he played with and against the toughest foes this league has ever seen, there were many opportunities to "straighten" Messier out as you say.