5:58PM Nick Kypreos tweets that the Rangers job opening is intriguing to Gretzky.
12:50PM: Darren Dreger tweets “No truth to the rumor Wayne Gretzky has interviewed for coaching job in Vancouver. Word from both 99 and Canucks.”
12:43PM: In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes that while Mark Messier may be a candidate to become coach of the Rangers there is a former teammate of his who is currently out of a job and has prior coaching experience: Wayne Gretzky.
Gretzky coached the Coyotes for four seasons after the 2004-05 lockout and finished with a record of 143-161-24.
- He never finished higher than fourth place in the Pacific Division/never made the playoffs
- He finished over .500 once, was one game below in one seasons and three games below in another
- The coyotes jumped from 36 wins in 2008-09 to 50 in 2009-10 with Dave Tippett as head coach.
Gretzky has been out of hockey since leaving the Coyotes in 2009 and has been reportedly upset with the league over $8 million that he is owed from his time in Phoenix.
He said in an interview in January that he loves the game, watches it as much as anybody but that he doesn’t want to return to the game right now.
Gretzky told the Edmonton Sun, when asked if he would consider being a candidate for the Oilers job last year, that he hasn’t been thinking about coaching again, “I loved it when I was doing it. But I feel better now that I’m not doing it.”
Adam Rotter: There is probably a less than 1% chance that Gretzky would consider becoming the Rangers coach. The team couldn’t even get him to play in the Alumni game at the Winter Classic, though he has said he would play if the game was at Yankee Stadium. He was at MSG for one of the Rangers/Bruins playoff games, but that would appear to be as close to the game as he wants to get right now.