"The talk among league executives is the Leafs won't make a move on the GM front unless they secure a big name -- such as Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman or Ron Francis, a former Leaf -- to take the reins...."
...it's no secret that Messier wants to become a GM. I would assume the Rangers are his first choice, but even he has said Sather is probably going to be around for a while (unfortunately for us Ranger fans). So if this happens, it will be a great opportunity for him to get some experience before eventually coming to the Rangers.
...on a side note man the Leafs are terrible right now.