Read: Pierre McGuire Talks About The Rangers Coaching Candidates

Pierre McGuire was a guest on Mike Francesa today and said that Alain Vigneault and Lindy Ruff are both outstanding coaches and candidates for the Rangers.

McGuire said he is very familiar with both coaches bodies of work and that he worked with Vigneault when both were assistants in Florida and he coached against Lindy Ruff when Ruff was an assistant with the Panthers.

He added that he would love to be inside the room when Mark Messier gets interviewed because he wants to see what Messier would say when asked about his approach to coaching.

Francesa asked if he would be concerned with having a superstar as a coach and McGuire said that it wouldn’t matter as long as Messier was surrounded by veteran coaches who have a good grasp on Special Teams, “special teams are such a critical part of the NHL today and it’s far more structured than when Mark played.”

Read: The Rangers May Or May Not Have An Interview Scheduled With Lindy Ruff

In The Record, Andrew Gross writes that the Rangers are planning to interview Lindy Ruff while the organization is out west in La Quinta, California for their meetings.

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that as of last night, the Rangers had not scheduled an interview with Ruff.

The Rangers were granted permission from the Sabres to speak with Ruff.

THIS SECTION is all about Lindy Ruff.

Buzz: The Rangers Do Have Permission To Speak With Lindy Ruff

2:04PM: John Vogl writes at the Buffalo News that Ruff skipped a golf tournament he was being honored at today because he had an important phone call to be part of.

12:11PM: Katie Strang confirms that the Rangers did seek out and receive permission to speak with former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman mentioned on Saturday that they believed the Rangers had secured permission to speak with Ruff.

THIS SECTION is about Lindy Ruff and the Rangers.

Read: Is Lindy Ruff A Fit With The Rangers?

Late last week, odds were put out on who would be the next Rangers coach and Lindy Ruff was at the top with 13 to 4 odds.

Dave Maloney said on Hockey Night Live that Ruff has been around the block, is an ex-player and someone whose style emphasizes the skill players that he has.

Maloney was a teammate of Ruff’s in Buffalo in 1984-85.

Billy Jaffe said that his history of having goalies like Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller allowed him to let his players take chances and pinch his defensemen aggressively because he had confidence in his goalies.

Last week on TSN Radio, Darren Dreger said “Ruff, is he a fit? Less so for me. I think the Rangers, more than most teams out there, know what Lindy Ruff is all about based on the amount they have seen him in past years.”

It was reported over the weekend that the Rangers have not yet reached out to the Sabres for permission to talk to Ruff.

CLICK HERE for more on Ruff.

To read more of this story, click here