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Reports: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier want to coach Rangers

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07:39 AM ET 06.01 | Two legends, and both of them want the reins. Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky both are interested as taking over for John Tortorella as the next coach of the Rangers, The Post has confirmed. After Tortorella was fired on Wednesday, a slew of possible candidates arose from both inside and outside the organization. Messier was the one name being mentioned that didn't have a day of professional head coaching experience, while Gretzky hasn't coached since he was behind the Coyotes' bench in 2009.

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Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Dave Sandford/NHL/Getty Images Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Dave Sandford/NHL/Getty Images
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June 1, 2013  08:38 AM ET

As much as I loike Gretz, he didn't show great coaching skills with the Yotes. Messier brings a winning smile and a bag of Lays. No I don't think the answer lies here.

June 1, 2013  08:52 AM ET

These are great names, lacking serious credentials

June 1, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Ah, yes! The New York Post strikes again! What are they going to come up with next? Messier and Gretzky named as co-coaches of the Rangers?

June 1, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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As much as I loike Gretz, he didn't show great coaching skills with the Yotes. Messier brings a winning smile and a bag of Lays. No I don't think the answer lies here.

Coaching turned out to be bad for Gretzky's image. I don't think he's going there again. And, I'm sure he'll advice his buddy Messier not to go there either. I'd look for both of them to end up in a front office somewhere (maybe even with the NYR) as VPs of something or other.

June 1, 2013  09:24 AM ET



All that and a bag of chips......hire the man Slats.

June 1, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As much as I loike Gretz, he didn't show great coaching skills with the Yotes. Messier brings a winning smile and a bag of Lays. No I don't think the answer lies here.

Really. Sit down Wayne.

June 1, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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All that and a bag of chips......hire the man Slats.

A leader who deserves a chance.

June 1, 2013  10:45 AM ET

I thought it was an odd choice for Gretz to coach the first time. Turns out it wasn't a good fit. I think a second run at it would be even more strange, I don't see it happening.

June 1, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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A leader who deserves a chance.

Just because he was a great player, it doesn't automatically mean he'll be a great coach. Plus, he's been away from the game for a few years and has no coaching experience at any level.

June 1, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Just because he was a great player, it doesn't automatically mean he'll be a great coach. Plus, he's been away from the game for a few years and has no coaching experience at any level.

But I didn't say great player, he was, I said leader. And leaders aren't always great players, but they can lead. And coach. What NY needs.

June 1, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Neither of them stands much of a chance once this report becomes public...

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June 1, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Report: NHL Actually Has Had Hundreds Of Openly Gay Players For Years

http://onion.com/11cmhc5

June 1, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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But I didn't say great player, he was, I said leader. And leaders aren't always great players, but they can lead. And coach. What NY needs.

He was both, a great player and a great leader. I'm not so sure that means he can be the third. There's far more to coaching than leading. That's but one aspect of many.

June 1, 2013  11:30 AM ET

"the post has confirmed". Now thats funny stuff.

June 1, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

"the post has confirmed". Now thats funny stuff.

So that makes them Catholic?

June 1, 2013  11:36 AM ET
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Report: NHL Actually Has Had Hundreds Of Openly Gay Players For Years http://onion.com/11cmhc5

I think whoever wrote the article is full of ****. But ... I found this one paragraph very interesting:

"According to experts, the league???s progressive stance toward homosexuality also paved the way for the 2013 Philadelphia Flyers, the only professional sports roster in history to be comprised entirely of gay players."

June 1, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Neither of them stands much of a chance once this report becomes public...

Report: NHL Actually Has Had Hundreds Of Openly Gay Players For Years

Who knows? This might raise their profile. After all, this is New York.

June 1, 2013  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Ah, yes! The New York Post strikes again! What are they going to come up with next? Messier and Gretzky named as co-coaches of the Rangers?

That's what i thought the title meant.

 
June 1, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I think whoever wrote the article is full of ****. But ... I found this one paragraph very interesting:"According to experts, the league???s progressive stance toward homosexuality also paved the way for the 2013 Philadelphia Flyers, the only professional sports roster in history to be comprised entirely of gay players."

I don't know about that, the Flyers aren't Boy Scouts.

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