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A year ago, the Montreal Canadiens reigned over all in the Uni Watch Power Rankings. This time around? The St. Louis Cardinals are on top. Do you agree? Click on the logos below to set your top 25!

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The Original Six still rule in the Uni Watch Power Rankings, with the Montreal Canadiens taking the top spot and four more members finding footing in the top six. Do you agree? Or should some newbies take the higher places? Click the logos to set your rankings!

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Would Messier succeed as coach?

Mark Messier brought the New York Rangers their first Stanley Cup in decades. But does that qualify Messier, who has no coaching experience, to replace the fired John Tortorella? It's true that some former star athletes have succeeded as both player and coach; Bill Russell won two NBA titles while holding both jobs. But others have found their skills didn't translate to X's and O's and managing egos. Would Messier succeed? Would his former teammate Wayne Gretzky, who is also said to be interested and has four years' coaching experience, be a better choice? Vote below!

  • The Rangers are reportedly considering Mark Messier for their head coach position. What kind of NHL coach would Messier be?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 30,172)

  • Will the Rangers hire Mark Messier as head coach?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 3,810)

  • Wayne Gretzky is also reportedly interested in coaching the Rangers. Which candidate would be the better choice?

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  • How much of an advantage does a head coach have if he played for the team he is coaching?

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  • How do you rate previous coaching experience as a factor in hiring a new coach?

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  • Is being a head coach in New York City harder than being a head coach in most other cities?

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  • Generally, do you think former star athletes make good head coaches?

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  • In which major pro sport do star players make the best head coaches?

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With the Heat seconds away from dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James takes control and drives for the game-winning, last-second layup. His reaction is one of a player who just hit a shot to take a two-point lead in the second quarter. Perhaps he is just used to being the hero and frustrated he had to hit the shot in the first place? Fast forward to Thursday night and 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali is one word away from winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "K-N-A-I-D-E-L!" Down comes the confetti! Wait, is he trying to act like he's been there before even though he hasn't?

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John Tortorella's Rangers made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals, but that wasn't enough to save his job. The team fired Tortorella on Wednesday after five seasons. Tortorella was 171-115 with the team, but only 19-25 in four playoff appearances, with his most successful season ending in a loss to the Devils in the 2011-12 Eastern Conference finals. Tortorella's blunt style may not have produced a championship, but a run of consistent success like the Rangers have experienced might be hard to replicate.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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