Mark Messier interviews for Rangers coaching job

Mark Messier said he has interviewed for the New York Rangers coaching job. (USATSI)
Mark Messier said he has interviewed for the New York Rangers coaching job. (USATSI)

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Mark Messier, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and a six-time Stanley Cup champion, has interviewed for the New York Rangers coaching job. Messier told Dan Rosen of NHL.com that he has interviewed for the position, but offered no other details.

The Rangers are still searching for a replacement for the recently fired John Tortorella.

Messier spent 10 seasons with the Rangers, including 1993-94 when he captained New York to its first Stanley Cup since 1940.

He has been connected to the Rangers job in the past but it's still a little surprising that he's in the mix given how little coaching experience he has. His only experience to date behind the bench was for Team Canada in 2010 in two minor international tournaments -- the Spengler Cup and the Deutchsland Cup.

The Rangers are also expected to interview John Stevens, currently an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings. Stevens was previously the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers before he was replaced by Peter Laviolette during the 2009-10 season.

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