5:36PM: Bob McKenzie said on TSN Radio earlier today “There is the Messier route, he has no experience but he is Mark Messier. I don’t know if Mess wants to do it. I know a year ago, after the Oilers fired Tom Renney and didn’t name Ralph Kruger as head coach, that they investigated that possibility of Messier coming home to Edmonton as a coach. I don’t think Messier was either a) up for coaching at the time or b)going back to the Oilers. I think he is intrigued by the notion of doing something more than he is doing. Does he want the whole enchilada, jump in with two feet. Does he want to dive in head first?”
5:18PM: Katie Strang of ESPN NY sent out a tweet saying that the Rangers will definitely not overlook the idea of making Mark Messier the head coach.
The only head coaching experience that Messier has is for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup in 2011 for Team Canada.
Darren Dreger tweets “Let’s not forget Messier had extensive talks with the Oilers about coaching a year or so ago. He shouldn’t be discounted as a NYR candidate.”
Larry Brooks reported in 2009 that prior to Messier returning to the Rangers as a Special Assistant to Glen Sather, Messier had interviewed with the Oilers for the job that ended up going to Pat Quinn.
Messier denied that he interviewed for the Oilers job and instead was talking with his friend and former teammate Kevin Lowe about the idea of returning to work in the Oilers organization in some regard.
THIS SECTION is all about Messier and his current role with the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: I have thought that Messier would step into a larger role with the Rangers when Glen Sather steps away. He would assume a role similar to the ones that Cam Neely, Joe Sakic, Ron Francis have, high level player personnel/President type roles, and be a big voice in the front office.
Sather has asked Messier to coach before and I would bet it’s a conversation that comes up again. If Messier is interested it would certainly take the organization in a different direction but put them behind a familiar leader, one who is one of the most popular and important players in team history. My gut feeling is that Messier will stay where he is in the organization and that the Rangers will hire a more experienced coach. That being said, I really didn’t see them firing Tortorella.