"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day." Robert Frost
One of the great poets in American literature summed it up perfectly.
Being the boss can be tough as hell.
It's a grind. It's a pain. It's a burden.
It's a job I want to have.
And I don't mean just any old job. For one day, I want to be General Manager of the New York Rangers.
That's right. I'm taking the front office reins from Glen Sather. Figured I'd give him some time off to chomp on his cigars in peace.
After all, he's been at the job since 2000. Take a break, Slats.
Now let's get down to business. Going by last season, the Blueshirts have taken a big leap forward. A regular season record of 51-24-7. Ten playoff wins. A trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Only six wins away from the Stanley Cup.
Here's what Mr. Sather thought of the campaign, according to Pat Leonard at nydailynews.com:
The team played with a lot of big (guts) if you ask me. I thought that they were really good. There was no complaining. Nobody was crying at the end of the year about injuries, and we had 14 guys that are visiting the doctors. So there is a great, committed atmosphere in that organization. These kids deserve all the credit, and Tortorella did an outstanding job keeping them focused and keeping them going in the right direction all year long. I thought it was a great year.
It was a great year, Glen. But some things need to be done, in order to insure that there are more great years ahead.
And whatever dollars I spend need to make absolute sense. I've got a little bit less than $11 million left in salary cap space to work with, when taking into account yesterday's singing of defenseman Steve Eminger.
So how would I improve the Rangers if I were the GM for a day?
Read on to find out how I'd put my twelve hours in.
But before you do, please take a moment to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks upon our nation 11 years ago today.