Mar. 30, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) receives the 2011-12 extra effort award from former NHL player Mark Messier before the game against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Messier is NOT the Answer

Since the firing of John Tortorella on Wednesday, names have been thrown out as possible candidates to replace him as the team’s next coach. From Alain Vigneault, to Doug Weight names have been brought to our attention, as coaches who might be the right guy to lead this team to the promise land.

Then there was a Twitter movement, where many Ranger fans were hoping, wanting to see Mark Messier as the team’s next head coach.

And if anyone from the Ranger organization reads this article (hey, you never know), please don’t do that. Don’t please the fans on this choice.

Yes, Mark Messier would be every Ranger fans dream as head coach. Myself included, but where the team is at right now, it just doesn’t make sense. The team is close to winning a Stanley Cup, and a coach who has experience coaching in the league, and coaching in general needs to bring this team back together, and lead them to the team’s ultimate goal.

Nostalgia would be a factor of having Messier as coach. I’m sure he’d bring in some of his close friends as his assistants, and maybe it would work out. But, we don’t have the time now to see the what-if. As Ranger fans we are in the now, and this team that we have right now, while missing a couple pieces that needs to be addressed this offseason, is ready to make a lengthy cup run, and almost did so last season.

Messier would stunt that development. While I do think it may take a good chunk of next season for the team to understand the new system that will be put in place, having a coach with a positive track record is better than having a coach who has done nothing to prove himself yet.  And for those who think that Tortorella had a big head, Messier’s is just as big, if not bigger.

So please, when thinking about who should be the Rangers next head coach, leave Mark Messier out of the conversation. While he has a hockey mind, he lacks experience. We need someone with experience, as well as a hockey mind.

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