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Rangers to speak with Eakins, Vigneault; Messier interested

TSN.ca Staff

5/31/2013 5:39:36 PM

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers have been granted permission to speak with Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins and former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault about their head coaching position.

The news comes two days after the Rangers dismissed John Tortorella as their bench boss.

The New York Daily News has also reported that former Rangers captain and current special assistant to the GM Mark Messier is also interested in stepping behind the bench.

Eakins has been the Marlies bench boss since 2009 and has two years left on his three-year AHL deal. The deal includes a clause which allows him to pursue NHL opportunities this summer.

Eakins led the Marlies to a 43-23-3-7 record this season before they were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals.

Eakins has received plenty of interest so far from the Rangers and Canucks, as well as for an associate coaching position with the Edmonton Oilers.

Vigneault is also one of the top names on the coaching market since being fired by Vancouver after the club was swept by the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the playoffs.

Vigneault led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final in the 2010-11 season, in addition to six Northwest Division titles and two Presidents trophies.