May 25, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) against the Boston Bruins in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Coaching Race Heats Up

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post a new name has come up in the race for the New York Rangers coaching position. This name is New York Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight. He joins the likes of AHL coach Dallas Eakins, Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. Before the Rangers can talk to Weight however they would need permission from the Islanders, as his contract is not up yet.

Another name that has come to light is Mark Messier. Apparently he has expressed interest to Rangers GM Glen Sather. Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News had an interesting theory:

“Messier and Sather are inextricably linked through their careers, and with The Captain asking for the challenge, Sather may feel compelled to give him a chance.”

This quote makes it sound like Messier is an obvious front runner for the position but the media also though John Tortorella wouldn’t be fired. Anything can happen.

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Tags: Alain Vigneault Coaching Dallas Eakins Dave Tippett Doug Weight Lindy Ruff Mark Messier New York Rangers

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