Two of the greatest players to ever play for the Edmonton Oilers are again in the headlines. Both Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are said to be interested in the vacant head coaching position with the New York Rangers after they fired John Tortorella earlier this spring.
Messier has been an assistant to GM Glen Sather since 2009 and has expressed interest in the job despite not having any coaching experience at any level.
There have been reports that Gretzky is interested in the hot seat that has a Broadway spotlight on it 24/7 although it’s not known to what degree his interest lies.
Messier, as mentioned as never ran his own team as a head coach, making him a huge gamble if the Rangers go that route. He is a leader, that much we all know. Messier’s leadership coupled with his relationship with Sather could make him the next Rangers coach despite not having a single minute experience as a coach.