June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings former player Wayne Gretzky comes out for the ceremonial puck drop before game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The Search Continues; Sans Gretzky

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While the New York Rangers still continue their search for a new head coach, you can cross Wayne Gretzky off the list as a potential target.

Reported Friday, that Gretzky was strongly interested in the vacant Rangers coaching job, when asked by TSN’s Darren Dreger if he was interested, Gretzky responded with “no thanks, but nice that you asked.”

What this does mean is that Messier shouldn’t be worried about Gretzky possibly getting the job over him.  Now he has to worry about both Dallas Eakins and Alain Vigneault, who recently granted the Rangers permission to talk to them. The Rangers have not reached out to Lindy Ruff, who could be a good fit with this team, according to Michael Peca.

To further add to the make Messier the next bench boss, former defenseman and hall of famerBrian Leetch has expressed interest in becoming an assistant or associate coach if Messier becomes the next coach. Maybe Leetch can teach this team how run a successful powerplay?

Which brings me to my next question, who would you like to see as the next coach of the New York Rangers? Select from the top three candidates, or if you select other comment on who you’d like to see.

Who Would You Like to See as the Next Rangers Coach?

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