The leader in the clubhouse would be Alain Vigneault. That, of course, excludes the other leader in the clubhouse named Mark Messier.

This is the state of the Rangers’ search for a coach that paused yesterday following Vigneault’s visit on Tuesday with general manager Glen Sather and front office personnel at the club’s organizational meetings in La Quinta, Calif.

The former Vancouver coach is believed to have made a favorable impression on Sather, though an offer to replace John Tortorella does not seem imminent. That could change, however, if the Stars make a time-sensitive offer to Vigneault, who has previously interviewed with Dallas GM (and former colleague) Jim Nill.

The Blueshirts do not appear to be in any rush to speak with former Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff before their meetings conclude tomorrow. Potential candidate Dan Bylsma was removed from the list of hypotheticals when the Penguins announced yesterday they had extended his contract through 2015-16.

That would appear to leave Dave Tippett, the Phoenix coach whose contract runs through June 30 and who has said his preference is to re-up with the Coyotes if their ownership situation is settled, as the only other experienced candidate, and he too is only a hypothetical.