Messier Interviewed; Stevens Next?

According to Dan Rosen at, Mark Messier has confirmed that he's been interviewed by the Rangers for their head coach vacancy….

"Yes, of course," Messier told when asked Friday at United Center if he has formally interviewed with Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather. "That was one thing I wanted to have happen, to go through the process like everybody else and to experience that, and to give Glen the opportunity to make a decision that he feels comfortable with."

…this obviously isn't much of a surprised as he's been considered a top candidate from Day 1, but I guess it's news that he's actually been interviewed.

…while I'm still against his candidacy, one argument that has me starting to lean the other way regarding Messier is that the Rangers have ONE Stanley Cup in the last 73 years. How much worse can he actually make it?

…and yes, I am aware today is the anniversary of 1994, but I refuse to celebrate the fact that the Rangers haven't won a Stanley Cup in 19 years.

In other interviewing news, the LA Times reports that Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said that assistant coach John Stevens is expected to interview with the Rangers.

This is the second report this week linking Stevens with the Rangers.

…i'm a fan of Stevens. I think he did a great job in Philly and has obviously followed that up with an impressive run in LA.

For more of my thoughts on Stevens, click here.

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