He said, "If you are going to consider a Messier, Gretzky or Leetch, you have to be crystal clear on the direction that you are personally going to go. Sather has held these cards so close to his vest and these guys want to know where the future is going. Is Glen Sather going to be involved for the next five/seven/ten years? He is 70 years old and at some point you want to groom somebody to come over."
Doug MacLean said that he thought that role, replacing Sather, was the one best suited for Messier.
In regards to the other candidates, MacLean, a former coach, said that Alain Vigneault and Lindy Ruff are the two legit candidates, based on their careers, besides Messier and Gretzky.