June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings former center Wayne Gretzky (right) and former teammate Mark Messier (left) watch play during the second period against the New Jersey Devils in game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Interview Mark Messier for Head Coaching Position

It appears the New York Rangers have interesting in hiring one of their own to succeed former head coach John Tortorella.

Dan Rosen from NHL.com reached out to Mark Messier, who both showed interest in the job and confirmed that he has been contacted by general manager Glen Sather for a head coaching job.

It was the first time Messier publicly expressed interest in the position. Messier, who serves as the Rangers’ special assistant to the general manager and president, confirmed earlier reports that he expressed interest in being Rangers coach before interviewing for the job.

“We had our scouts meetings and I’ve had conversations with Glen, and like anybody that would be interested in coaching, obviously the Rangers would be a dream come true for a lot of coaches,” Messier said. “I told Glen I would have interest, so we’ve had discussions and that’s where it stands right now.

Sather has also been in contact with former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault and Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens. The GM would like to have the coaching search wrapped up by the time of the NHL Draft, according to the article.

Messier played in the NHL from 1978-2004 with three different teams and went into the Hall of Fame in 2007. His jersey his retired with the Edmonton Oilers where he was drafted and spent most of his career (12 seasons). He played with the Rangers from 1991-97 and again from 2000-04.

[Source: NHL.com]

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