Mark Messier on the coaching staff?
While Mark Messier has revealed he has already interviewed for the Rangers head coaching job, the likelihood all points to a more established guy such as Alain Vigneault being awarded the job. In all honesty this would be not only the less risky option, but the right option. First time coaches rarely succeed in major markets such as New York, even if you’re a Mark Messier type character, but especially when you have little to no coaching experience.
That said, could Messier be an option for the Rangers long term? Absolutely. The Rangers could look at an alternative plan. The potential is there for Messier to be an assistant coach. He could learn the coaching side of the game while the incoming head coach could benefit from the leadership, demanding personality and likely face-off coaching skills Messier could bring. Could Messier be groomed toward a head coaching role? The potential is there.
Of course this has to be off set against whether a new...