Leetch Would Have Been Messier’s Assistant

In a conversation with Dan Rosen at, Brian Leetch admits that if the Rangers had chosen Mark Messier over Alain Vigneault for their vacant head coachin position this past summer, he would have joined the coaching staff as an assistant…

"I felt comfortable moving forward with that. I was definitely on board if it happened. Obviously that didn't work out for Mark."

Messier obviously didn't get the job and Leetch ended up accepting a position in the NHL's Department of Player Safety alongside Brendan Shanahan.

..listen, I love Messier and Leecth, but that would have been a disaster. Look at the difficulty a veteran coach like Vigneault has had trying to traverse a less than ideal preseason and beginning of the season schedule. Now imagine that with two coaches with ZERO experience. I don't think it's much of a stretch to say they'd likely be winless right now.

…having said that, it would have been pretty cool to see those two re-united behind the Rangers bench.

H/T to reader Joe K.

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