So, who's next on Broadway? 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. ... 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. (New York Daily News) Comment
Rob Gronkowski will head back to the operating room, after all. The Patriots tight end will undergo back surgery in mid-June, according to a source. The source said the procedure will keep Gronkowski out for at least the start of training camp, but the Herald reported last week that the expectation would be for him to be sidelined until late-September in the event of back surgery, which will remove part of a disc that caused discomfort last season. It's unclear if the timetable for recovery has changed, or if the earlier return date is simply more optimistic. ... if the late-September timetable holds true, the Pats could opt to place Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list, and he would miss at least the first six games. (Boston Herald) Comment
Veteran Yankees are getting healthy, with Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis set to return this week, though one significant return remains: Derek Jeter's. Jeter, who has missed the entire season with a twice-broken left ankle, had the protective boot removed on Friday and he's been cleared to resume throwing. The 13-time All-Star shortstop revealed another CT-scan will be scheduled within "the next week-and-a-half," likely in Florida, before it will be decided when he can resume other baseball activities and start moving toward a return to the field for his 19th season in pinstripes. "As soon as possible. That's it. I'm not going to put a date on it. The last time I put a date on it, it didn't work," Jeter said when asked for an updated time frame. (New York Daily News) Comment
The 2014 Sochi Olympic medals were unveiled in St. Petersburg on Thursday. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)
Transformers invade Marlins Park to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.