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Reports: Rangers to interview Ruff

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Lindy Ruff, who concluded his playing career with the New York Rangers, is a candidate to fill the team's coaching vacancy.

The Rangers received permission from the Buffalo Sabres to interview Ruff, according to multiple media reports. He was fired by Buffalo in February during his 15th season with the team, which was the longest tenure of any NHL coach this year.

Ruff, 53, compiled a 571-432-78-84 record on the bench with the Sabres, including a 6-10-0-1 mark this season.

Ruff's playing career was spent with the Sabres (1979-89) and Rangers (1989-91). He had 105 goals and 195 assists in 691 games.

The Rangers previously were granted permission by the Canucks to talk with former Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. Multiple media outlets also reported that former Rangers and Edmonton Oilers star Mark Messier has expressed interest in the position. Messier, 52, has been a special assistant in the Rangers front office the past four years.

Another potential candidate, AHL Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins, is no longer available after agreeing to become the Oilers' head coach.

The Rangers are holding their organizational meetings in La Quinta, Calif., in the desert near Palm Springs. The team fired coach John Tortorella in late May after losing to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tortorella is drawing interest from the Stars, though Dallas officials have yet to ask the Rangers for permission to speak with him, according to The Stars fired coach Glen Gulutzan after finishing 22-22-4 and failing to reach the playoffs.

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