Messier, who retired from the Rangers in 2005, said recently he hopes to become an NHL general manager and was ready to take Sather's job when he decides to retire.
"Who knows in sports business, but I don't have any plans to do anything immediately," Sather told the New York Times before Tuesday's game. "I understand that Mark can make a comment basically about anything he wants to do in his future, but anything that we're going to talk about between each other is going to stay with us. At least it'll stay on my side."
Sather, 63, became general manager in June 2000. He coached Messier for 10 seasons to four Stanley Cups in Edmonton before the two both wound up in New York.