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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!
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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.
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