At 11am, a new chapter in the history of the New York Rangers will begin with the announcement of Alain Vigneault as the franchise's 35th head coach.
But Pat Leonard at the Daily News says the personnel in attendance could tell a lot more about the future...
"Richards is well-respected, and the Rangers would not put him in the position of standing at Radio City endorsing a head coach he never was going to play for. His presence, or absence, will shed significant light on what general manager Glen Sather has decided."
...obviously, as Leonard says, if Richards is in attendance it's pretty safe to say that he will not be bought out this summer (biggest jerkoff move in the history of sports if he is), but if he's not standing by Vigneault's side, I wouldn't automatically say he's gone. Could be busy training hard for next season. ;)
...to be honest, I hadn't thought about this scenario and it brings a little unexpected drama to the presser this morning.
Leonard notes another interesting plot line is if Mark Messier will be in attendance for the official unveiling of the man who beat him out for his "dream job."
...no matter what direction Messier decides (GM or coach), I really hope he doesn't feel disrespected by the Rangers organization and wants to stay. It would be a sad day to see him leave. Really hoping that he's at the press conference. Would be almost a slap in the face to Vigneault if he's not.
Finally, Leonard reiterates that Ulf Samuelsson and Newell Brown are the leading candidates for the assistant coach positions.
I watched the whole thing on MSG, Moose was NOT there and everyone in mng was there and were recognized except for Mess. I really like how AV handled himself and also how it looked like AV and Slatts look like they will work together! Pissed that nothing has been decided about the asst coaches yet!
i kinda think the players have better things to do than hang out at press conferences after the season is over, but what do i know.
I will be very diappointed in Messier if he's too much of a brat to show up at the press conference. He had NO experience - did he seriously think they'd just give it to him? If he were any other former player, he wouldn't even have been interviewed. I want him to be there because if he isn't, I'll lose a lot of respect for him.
I've been pretty annoyed with Messier throughout this process. He's created drama for no reason, he had absolutely no business thinking he could be the next head coach of the New York Rangers. Pay your dues like the rest of the world and quit yer bitchin Mess
If Messier skips the presser then he doesn't belong in the organization anymore. The right man for the job was chosen, end of story.
My bad on the Samuelsson/Newell GM thing. Just fixed. Thanks for heads-up. That's what happens when you blog while severely hungover.
Do we really expect many players to attend this thng? To me it says more if Richards is there than if he is not.
ya I'm trying to think of other coaching change pressers and I can remember if there were players there...
@queensbee Agreed. Nut up Captain, you were never even in the running. I love the guy but this is some serious delusional celebrity entitlement crap going on.
@Scott_from_JerseyBefore we start burning captain shirts, has he actually said or done anything except apply for the job? Because the only other time Ive seen him mentioned is endless speculation by hockey writers that are desperate for something to fill column space
@Scott_from_Jersey He was on the NHL Network award show segment and was talking about how growing up with a father as a coach would serve him well. Are you kidding me?
@KevinDeLury No problem Kevin,weall mae or share of bobo's
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Hope you're right.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG there was the tim tebow debacle...