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Messier wants to thank Edmonton

Updated: November 21, 2003, 8:32 PM ET
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DENVER -- Mark Messier has received the go-ahead from the New York Rangers to play in the Heritage Classic alumni game in Edmonton. And Rangers coach and general manager Glen Sather gave the final OK on Thursday night after his team's 4-3 loss to Colorado.

"He's going and I'm going with him," said Sather, who will be behind the Edmonton old-timers' bench.

Messier said earlier Thursday he was "pretty optimistic" about playing, but said Sather had to work out details with the NHL, including ...

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