You'd have to be pretty tough to get at Messier because he was always insulated - You're talking about a guy who was captain of some of the greatest teams of all time, was second highest scorer in NHL history and one of the dirtiest guys that ever played the game. And he was always insulated with some of the toughest guys that ever played riding shotgun beside him. He had Semenko, McClelland, McSorely, Brown, Buchberger and Srehm's boy Don Jackson
in Edmonton. Than he emigrates to New York with all the other Oiler alumni, and he gets guys like Domi, Kocur, Langdon, Kypreos, and his own bodyguard Adam Graves
Than if you ever did get to him, you had to worry about what kind of cheap shot he'd get you with because he had that Gordie Howe
elephant memory for retribution. It wasn't an easy thing to just "get" Messier. He was protected very thoroughly.
"The Hand is fine, I got a shot of chromosone yesterday." John Kordic on the status of his hand.
"Let's get out of this sh*thole."
Phil Esposito, on Winnipeg, after Team Canada lost game 3 of the 1972 series to the Russians.