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07:22 AM ET 05.30 | So, who's next on Broadway? Glen Sather wants to win a Stanley Cup now, so it's a good bet he'll pursue someone who's been there before to replace John Tortorella. Ex-Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, 53 and ex-Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, 52, are considered the top two available candidates to become the 35th Ranger coach. Neither coach has won the Stanley Cup, but Ruff led Buffalo to four Eastern Conference finals appearances and a 1999 Finals berth, while Vigneault won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies in 2011 and 2012, including a 2011 Finals appearance. ... Of course, the captain of all captains, Mark Messier, is the assistant to the president, working with Sather in his current role. Perhaps he shouldn't be ruled out, either.

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May 30, 2013  08:25 AM ET
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Has Messier ever even coached a Pee Wee team?

Tortafella threatened his players with three fingers. Messier will only give them one ... the middle one ... then comes the elbow ... a la Rick Nattress!

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May 30, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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Tortafella threatened his players with three fingers. Messier will only give them one ... the middle one ... then comes the elbow ... a la Rick Nattress!

no kidding. And if those guys thought Torts was tough on them...can you imagine this guy? And he can add on that he won 5 (6?) rings on top of it....

May 30, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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I think Mess would be a better fit in the GM's office. Just my opinion.Did we really need three damn Rangers coach stories today? And couldn't just ONE of them have three fingers?

beats reading about the Wild or the Avs for a change

May 30, 2013  09:09 AM ET

No mention of the Great One as a possibility? Hmmmm...........

May 30, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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No mention of the Great One as a possibility? Hmmmm...........

The Great One's venture into coaching has tarnished his image. He's not going there again any time soon. He'll get a front office job somewhere. My guess would be Edmonton with his buddy KLowe, LA or NY.

I don't think he'll be going back to Phoenix any time soon .... even on vacation.

May 30, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Has Messier ever even coached a Pee Wee team?Don't the Rags have a guy coaching their top minor league affiliate that they think could do the job?Vignault seems like a decent coach, but I don't understand the interest in Lindy Ruff. His sell by date passed a long time ago.

Their AHL team isn't that good. I don't know if its the coach or the players, but I'd look elsewhere.

May 30, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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No mention of the Great One as a possibility? Hmmmm...........

Rotten Ronnie?

May 30, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Rotten Ronnie?

no no no no no no

May 30, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Would Messier be able to coach in between crying?

May 30, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Would Messier be able to coach in between crying?

that's another issue. if the won, he'd cry...if they lost, he'd cry....they'd need to keep a "Sham-Wow" dispenser outside the coach's office

May 30, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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that's another issue. if the won, he'd cry...if they lost, he'd cry....they'd need to keep a "Sham-Wow" dispenser outside the coach's office

Shouldn't be too hard to find a guy named Vince in NYC...

May 30, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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that's another issue. if the won, he'd cry...if they lost, he'd cry....they'd need to keep a "Sham-Wow" dispenser outside the coach's office

LOL!

They have a little time to decide.

They got a great roster. Really, they need to do a thorough search.

May 30, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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no no no no no no

by which you really mean yes ? It would be hilarious to see from afar.

May 30, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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LOL!They have a little time to decide.They got a great roster. Really, they need to do a thorough search.

I have a feeling the it will be Ruff....

May 30, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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by which you really mean yes ? It would be hilarious to see from afar.

no so much up close though....

May 30, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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I have a feeling the it will be Ruff....

Could do worse.

May 30, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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no so much up close though....

LOL -I imagine not ;-)

 
May 30, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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beats reading about the Wild or the Avs for a change

I was hoping for some Hurricane threads. No Semin comments for it seems like months now. What is this? A monastery?

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