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Messier Not The Right Choice To Coach The Rangers, But How About Gretzky?

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Fast forward to 2013, and the likelihood of Sather asking Messier again seems to have diminished. Messier, 52, has been the special assistant to Sather since 2009. But he was never named an assistant general manager, suggesting that he is not on a front-office track. The successor to Sather as general manager will probably be one of his two current assistants, Jeff Gorton or Jim Schoenfeld.

Nor has Messier gained any significant coaching experience. He coached what amounted to Canada’s C team to a third-place finish at the Deutschland Cup and a second-place finish at the Spengler Cup in 2010.

Instead, Messier’s post-retirement career has been oriented toward special projects in areas he seems personally invested in: a line of hockey helmets aimed at reducing head injuries, and converting the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx to a national-level hockey, figure skating and curling facility....

Still, it might make more sense for Sather to ask another old Oiler and Ranger to step behind the bench: Wayne Gretzky. He coached the Coyotes for four seasons from 2005 to 2009, though they missed the playoffs each season. Gretzky also was the executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic team in 2002, when it won a gold medal at Salt Lake City, and in 2006 at Turin.


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Evilpens's avatar

HAHAHAHAHAHA Nothing like jumping from the frying pan into the fire LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 05/30/13 at 06:34 PM ET

Alan's avatar

That didn’t play out so well in Phoenix. Would the results really be any different in New York?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/30/13 at 06:36 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Gretz belongs in the NHL, period.

Remember, he coached Phoenix…not a team with Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvuist on the roster. I always thought the teams they put together for him in the desert never aligned with his playing style when he was a player. Get some studs in there and I think it would be a very different story.

Posted by BrendonTO on 05/30/13 at 07:43 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Remember, he coached Phoenix…not a team with Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Henrik Lundqvuist on the roster.

Posted by BrendonR on 05/30/13 at 07:43 PM ET

No, he flailed about uselessly until Tipp came in and turned the thing around.  Funny thing that.

Posted by Primis on 05/30/13 at 09:51 PM ET


If any player doesn’t need “significant coaching experience” before helming a bench, it’s Mark Messier.

Posted by jonquixote on 05/30/13 at 10:18 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Nash’s reputation as a coach killer could end if a big enough star comes in to coach him.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/31/13 at 08:16 AM ET

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