Here's another thought: Does Messier's hiring put any more pressure on John Tortorella to show results quickly? Messier has indicated he's more interested in a front office position than one in coaching. However, per Messier, Sather already asked him to coach the team once - before Sather had to take over for the fired Bryan Trottier while Messier was still a player - and Messier apparently was disappointed not to get a call from Sather about the job when Tom Renney was fired.Visit Andrew's awesome blog to read the rest.
....I won't lie to you, my dream as a kid growing up was that Mark Messier would coach the Rangers and Patrick Ewing would coach the Knicks. That doesn't entirely feel realistic though. But, I wouldn't rule out Messier coaching the Rangers eventually. Meaning, I feel Messier is best suited to be the President of the team, while Cam Hope or someone takes over for Glen Sather as GM, like what is happening in St. Louis where John Davidson, JD!, is the President while Larry Pleau is the GM. Its a partnership that I feel would be the best for the Rangers going forward. However, in six years or so, if John Tortorella is struggling and is let go, the logical replacement would be Messier, who at this point would have been around the organization in this type of role for a while. You wouldn't have to start over by bringing in a new coach, you would be bringing in, a Rangers legend who had been around the organization for a while. I understand where Gross is coming from when he writes this, and its certainly possible, but I got sort of a rushed feeling about it while reading.