Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Alain Vigneault is believed to have made a favorable impression on Glen Sather during his interview on Tuesday, though an offer for the Rangers head coaching vacancy does not seem imminent, unless the Stars make a time-sensitive offer to Vigneault.
Stars GM Jim Nill says he'd like to have a decision on a new head coach by the draft, but it's not a must.
…Vigneault is considered the top candidate AND impressed during his interview, so why isn't an offer imminent? Hmmmm, I wonder what it could be? (cough) Messier (cough).
Speaking of the former Rangers captain, Brooks adds that if Messier is hired as the Rangers next head coach he is likely to ask Brian Leetch to join him as an assistant coach.
…NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Listen, I'm all for the idea of Leetch behind the bench as an assistant, but not when the inexperienced Messier is the head coach. Is Sather purposely trying to destroy these guys' legacy? And I'd love to get Lundqvist's thoughts on Sather bringing in two coaches with zero experience to lead a team expected to contend for a Stanley Cup.
…would much rather see Vigneault as the top dog with Messier and Leetch as the two assistants.
…if this is ultimately the direction Sather goes, you have to assume a second assistant will be brought in with NHL head coaching experience. Maybe Schoenfeld?
Finally, Brooks notes that the Rangers do not appear to be in any rush to speak with Lindy Ruff before their meetings conclude tomorrow.
…from everything I've been reading, it doesn't sound like Ruff is a serious candidate. Which I'm more than fine with.