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Mark Messier confirms interest in NYR head coach opening
Hall of Famer Mark Messier told reporters at the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago that he has had formal interviews in his bid to become the Rangers head coach. "That was one thing I wanted to have happen, to go through the process like everybody else and to experience that, and to give Glen (Sather) the opportunity to make a decision that he feels comfortable with," Messier told NHL.com.
Messier led the Rangers to the Cup in 1994 and has been a special assistant to Sather, the team’s president and general manager, for four years. “Obviously the Rangers would be a dream come true for a lot of coaches," said Messier, who has no NHL coaching experience. “We've had discussions and that's where it stands right now. Glen has interviewed many candidates and I'm one of those guys. I'm not going to speculate on what-ifs and things like that, it's just too premature."
Alain Vigneault, the former Canucks coach, interviewed this week and Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens has received permission from the Kings to talk with the Rangers, who fired John Tortorella on May 29.
It is unclear whether the Rangers have formally spoken to ex-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. Interesting that Mess says Slats has interviewed "many" candidates...And as suggested here in the past: Are the Rangers waiting for Phoenix' situation to be resolved and offer the job to Dave Tippett?