As I posted Sunday, Glen Sather really needs to add a little pep to his step if he doesn't want another top head coaching candidate to sign elsewhere.
According to Darren Dreger at TSN, after his interview with the Rangers yesterday, Alaine Vigneault is expected to re-connect with the Dallas Stars in the next few days. The former Canucks head coach is considered a top choice of both the Rangers and Dallas.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post adds that Vigneault not only has a long personal relationship with recently hired Stars GM Jim Nill, but is not likely to take a chance on being left out by waiting on Sather who has been known to take his time with head coaching hires.
Although, Josh Rimer at Next Sport Star says that with Dan Bylsma inking a two-year extension with the Penguins to expect the Rangers to make a decision on their head coach very soon.
While Vigneault has been the only candidate interviewed at this point, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that the Rangers are also expected to speak with Lindy Ruff.
Finally, on Mark Messier's candidacy, Brooks adds he is at the Rangers organizational meetings in his capacity as a special assistant to Sather but is recusing himself from discussions with candidates. No word on whether "The Captain" has been formally interviewed.
…so basically at this point, with no one other than Vigneault being interviewed, I can't see that the next head coach will be anyone but him. Which is why if Sather doesn't make a move before Dallas does, the Rangers are back at square one.
…very surprised with how quite it's been on the Messier front. I assumed we'd hear about him at least being interviewed this week. Unless of course Sather doesn't feel he needs to interview his own special assistant.
…while Kings assistant Stevens and former Lightning coach Boucher have been linked to the Rangers it doesn't seem, at this point, that they are serious contenders for the position.