Jim Matheson, of the Edmonton Journal has new information on the rumors that Mark Messier had interviewed with former teammate Kevin Lowe about the head coaching position in Edmonton.
“That’s not necessarily true,” said Messier. “I talked to Kevin about working in the Oilers organization in some regard …not just this summer, but for the last few years. We never really talked about the coaching, per se. We explored every possibility.”
“I have a lot of respect for (Oilers owner) Daryl Katz and Kevin, but with my family moving up to New York (from Hilton Head, S. C., and the Bahamas where he also has a hotel) …. my son Douglas is going to start school (this fall) and we wanted him to go there, it seemed to make sense to be closer to home this year.
“I had an ongoing dialogue with Kevin about coming back to Edmonton, but wasn’t able to make any sort of commitment to them.”
Messier, obviously, played in Edmonton from 1979-1991, winning five Stanley Cups and has his #11 retired.
As for coaching, Messier had said in the past that it didn’t interest him, but things have changed:
“I feel differently now than I did, say, five years ago when I retired. I was a little tired then,” said Messier with a laugh. “I’ve learned one thing and that’s to never say never, but I just want to get myself back into the game and be open-minded and see where this goes.”
Messier also goes on to say that his position with Rangers GM Glen Sather is open-ended and he is going to get a better understanding of how the Rangers organization is run.