Pros and Cons of Mark Messier and Other New York Rangers Coaching Candidates

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Pros and Cons of Mark Messier and Other New York Rangers Coaching Candidates
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The New York Rangers were underachievers in 2013 and general manager Glen Sather wants to change that going forward.

The most prominent matter he must attend to is finding a new coach to take over the mess that John Tortorella left behind.

Mark Messier, the hero of the 1994 Stanley Cup championship won by the Rangers, is a prominent candidate. So is the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

Both Messier and Gretzky are Hall of Famers who are among the sport's greatest historical players. But there's more to coaching than being famous.

Here are the pros and cons of five of the leading candidates for the New York Rangers head coaching position.

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