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Source: Mark Messier in the mix

Updated: June 1, 2013, 5:44 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Rangers have yet to begin interviewing candidates to replace the recently dismissed John Tortorella, but the team's iconic former captain is emerging as a strong candidate for the job.

Mark Messier is expected to compete for the coaching vacancy, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. Both the New York Post and New York Daily news reported Friday that he was interested in the position.

It is believed that Messier, who has two young children, is discussing the possibility ...

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