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Wayne Gretzky Coaching

In The Hockey News, Ken Campbell writes that it would be quite a big disaster for the Rangers if they hired Mark Messier or Wayne Gretzky to be their head coach.

Campbell writes that the lack of experience both men have would lead to a bad situation, "coaching is a craft that is learned over years of hard work and experimentation. You spend years learning which buttons to push and you pick up intricacies of the game that none but the most trained eye can see. You get a feel for your players and your bench and you learn what it takes to gain an advantage over the opposition during the frenetic pace of a game."

Campbell says that the only way hiring Messier or Gretzky would work is if they were figurehead coaches and the Rangers paid an exorbitant amount for an associate coach to do the actual coaching.

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Yesterday afternoon, Darren Dreger was a guest of TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and was asked about the chances that Wayne Gretzky ends up as head coach of the New York Rangers.

Dreger said, "It's a little far-fetched. The inexperience of Wayne Gretzky puts you in a state of disbelief that he would be seriously considered by the NY Rangers but there is that historical component that needs to be attached. He retired from the NHL as a Ranger. There is a long standing connection to Glen Sather."

Dreger said that he reached out to Gretzky twice about joining the Rangers, "All I know is what Wayne Gretzky himself told me last week when the rumblings started, first I added if I should put him on a candidate list and he said "no, I don't think so." A day or two later I circled back because the rumor was starting to spin, and I asked if coaching the New York Rangers was out of the question and he said highly, highly unlikely."

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On Hockey Central at Noon, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean spoke about the Rangers coaching?vacancy.

Kypreos said, "If they weren't interested we would have heard by now. When there was no follow up to Wayne Gretzky saying no, that was the day it became Glen Sather's biggest headache, nightmare. You can tell Dallas Eakins no...... but to tell Messier or Gretzky no is another story."

Doug MacLean, a former coach and GM, said that this is turning into a big headache for Sather and that he isn't sure Sather wants either one of them to be coach.

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9:47AM: Last Friday on TSN Radio, Darren Dreger said that he would consider Gretzky a long shot at best and that when the Rangers position became available he asked Gretzky if he should be included on a list of candidates and got a response saying "no thanks, but nice that you asked."

Dreger adds "there is a difference between wanting your name on a list and actually wanting a job."

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Recently on Sportsnet, Nick Kypreos spoke about how the next coach of the Rangers needs to understand the direction that the entire organization is heading in, starting with the future of upper management.

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.

Tags: -2013 Rangers Coaching Search, Alain Vigneault, Lindy Ruff, Mark Messier Coaching, Wayne Gretzky Coaching, Adam Rotter
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Reports out of Canada from former Ranger Nick Kypreos are suggesting that not only does Mark Messier have interest in the Rangers coaching position, but that Wayne Gretzky does as well.

Kypreos and Doug MacLean talked about the situation a little while ago on Sportsnet.

Kypreos said "I hear both of them are and to me that is the biggest story, that they haven't shoo shooed this at all. You look at where both guys are in their lives, and to say that they are intrigued by it and didn't dismiss the idea tells you volumes about the position of head coach of the NY Rangers. Mark Messier, no experience, Wayne Gretzky has four years of experience but to hear that their names are in play and possibly on a short list for Glen Sather says a lot."

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5:58PM Nick Kypreos tweets that the Rangers job opening is intriguing to Gretzky.

12:50PM: Darren Dreger tweets "No truth to the rumor Wayne Gretzky has interviewed for coaching job in Vancouver. Word from both 99 and Canucks."

12:43PM: In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes that while Mark Messier may be a candidate to become coach of the Rangers there is a former teammate of his who is currently out of a job and has prior coaching experience: Wayne Gretzky.

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