Glen Sather wants to win a Stanley Cup now, so it’s a good bet he’ll pursue someone who’s been there before to replace John Tortorella.

Ex-Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, 53 and ex-Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, 52, are considered the top two available candidates to become the 35th Ranger coach. Neither coach has won the Stanley Cup, but Ruff led Buffalo to four Eastern Conference finals appearances and a 1999 Finals berth, while Vigneault won back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies in 2011 and 2012, including a 2011 Finals appearance.

Ruff also skated at left wing for the Rangers from the 1988-89 season through 1990-91 to conclude his playing career, when former teammate Brian Leetch recalls Ruff was a “great (influence) in the locker room,” where the current Rangers players are seeking a change.

“On the surface, Lindy Ruff or Alain Vigneault seem the most obvious and well-equipped candidates,” NHL analyst Billy Jaffe said Wednesday. “Lindy played here and has had a lot of success at the NHL level. He’s a little different than Torts. He’s hard-nosed, but there’s less edge to him, no question about that. And he will promote offense.”

Vigneault, meanwhile, has coached in a Northwest Canadian hockey hotbed with circumstances and pressures similar to New York, plus he approaches his job with a different demeanor than the Rangers are used to.

“Vancouver is rabid (about hockey), it’s a very wealthy franchise, not dissimilar to the Rangers, and the expectations are high,” Jaffe said. “And Vigneault has a little different way about him. He’s not as overtly fiery probably than Lindy Ruff or Torts – definitely not Torts – but even Lindy. But he’s had success there. He was able to coach offense, handle the media and he’s a veteran.”

Paul Maurice, a former coach of the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs who led the Canes to the 2002 Finals, is also available after reportedly turning down a contract extension with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Coyotes coach Dave Tippet, whom Sather has interviewed for previous vacancies, is a possible candidate if he does not re-sign with Phoenix when his contract expires this summer.

Then there is a rising star, Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins, who led the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate to the 2012 Calder Cup final and already has received interest from Vancouver for its vacancy.

“He’s an incredibly bright, intellectual, detail-oriented coach,” Jaffe said. “He’s had incredible success with Toronto, but I don’t know if the Rangers would go for a non-proven NHL coach in this market.”

Sather said Wednesday he would like to conclude the coaching search by the time the NHL draft arrives on June 30. He said no decision had been made yet about assistant coach Mike Sullivan, though he is not expected to be retained.

Of course, the captain of all captains, Mark Messier, is the assistant to the president, working with Sather in his current role. Perhaps he shouldn’t be ruled out, either.