These two icons both want to coach the Rangers
After the dismissal of John Tortorella, there is a coaching vacancy on Broadway.
According to the New York Post, both Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are interested in becoming the next coach of the New York Rangers.
There is an important difference between the two. Gretzky has NHL coaching experience, having a very average four-year run with the Phoenix Coyotes from 2005-2009. Phoenix did not reach the playoffs in any of those years.
Messier, on the other hand, has never coached at the AHL or NHL level before. Still, he is an icon in New York City for leading the Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994. He has also worked in the Rangers' front office as a special assistant to general manager Glen Sather since 2009.
Does Messier get the job because of his history as a leader and captain, or does his lack of coaching experience prevent him from being a serious candidate?
There are plenty of other candidates to take over behind the Rangers' bench, but having two Hall of Famers who played together for the team in 1996-97 and helped them reach the conference finals is special.
According to the New York Post, other candidates for the job include former Vancouver bench boss Alain Vigneault, Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins and ex-Sabres leader Lindy Ruff.