Nineteen years to the day after hoisting the Stanley Cup at the Garden in the flush of the Rangers’ one and only championship in the last 73 years, Mark Messier confirmed his candidacy to become the Blueshirts’ next head coach.

“I told Glen [Sather] I would have interest, so we’ve had discussions and that’s where it stands right now,” Messier told Friday afternoon while in Chicago for the presentation of the Mark Messier Leadership Award. “Like anyone else interested in coaching, obviously the Rangers would be a dream come true.”

President/general manager Sather interviewed former Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault during the Rangers’ organizational meetings at La Quinta that concluded yesterday.

The Blueshirts, who previously had received permission to talk with former Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff, have also gotten the Kings’ approval to speak with assistant coach John Stevens, as reported Friday by the Los Angeles Times.

Stevens, who was head coach of the Flyers for three-plus seasons before being replaced by Peter Laviolette 25 games into 2009-10, is given a credit deal of credit for the Kings’ 2012 Stanley Cup victory as Darryl Sutter’s top aide. Stevens previously coached the AHL Phantoms for six seasons.

Messier, of course, has no coaching experience to speak of. He was behind the Team Canada bench for a handful of games in a pair of international tournaments, the 2010 Deutschland Cup and 2010 Spengler Cup.