Slats' Open Letter to Current Subscribers; 2009-10 Season Ticket Prices

5-hole.comContributor IJune 2, 2009

29 Aug 1996:  Coach Glen Sather of Canada looks on during a World Cup game against Russia at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada won the game, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Cratty/Allsport

The Rangers have released the prices for the season ticket packages for next season and there's also a video!

Here are the prices for the coming season, along with increases in both dollar amount and percentage increase:


Have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a hockey game from a goal judge's point of view? Well now you can with the VIP Goal Judge season ticket plan! Just 3,300 easy payments of $14.99!

Unbelievable. We're in the worst recession since the Great Depression, the team just finished a very underwhelming season and they go ahead and raise ticket prices again? The Dolans must really be hurting. I wonder how the completely unnecessary renovation of the Garden is going. Also at the Season Subscriber Site is a letter from Rangers GM Glen Sather. Here is the letter along with a translation:

Rangers Subscribers,

Hey Suckers!

Five years ago, we made it our priority to build the New York Rangers team for long-term success by developing a core foundation of young players and adding key veterans as our youngsters matured.

Our philosophy remains steadfast, and this past season, six young players whose NHL careers began here in New York played major roles in taking us to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.

A few years ago, I brought up a few players from the farm system (in this case, six), surrounded them with overpriced, underachieving veterans, and prayed for Henrik Lundqvist to play well.

Except for Jagr. That guy was awesome. especially that one year when he scored 54 goals. Too bad he destroyed his shoulder punching Scott Gomez in the playoffs.

Speaking of which, Gomez is a Ranger! And I signed Chris Drury too! That was awesome.

Although we were not satisfied with this past season's results, we believe we are on the right track. We continue to focus on the development of players and are excited about several talented prospects in our system.

At the same time, we still have work to do as we strive toward our ultimate goal — to compete for the Stanley Cup each and every season.

Ah yes, losing in the first round as opposed to the second is a step in the right direction. Although, there are a bunch of kids in Hartford who (from what I've been reading) are ready for the big show and the we've been drafting pretty well the last few years. Right?

Under the direction of our new Head Coach, John Tortorella, you will see a retooled Rangers team in 2009-10 that will feature a system that emphasizes aggressive forechecking and puck possession.

This up-tempo approach has made John an accomplished winner in the NHL, earning a Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year and delivering a Stanley Cup to Tampa Bay in 2004.

Under Torts' system—which totally won him a Cup in Tampa—you will see a faster, stronger, bigger, more aggressive team. Basically what we said we were going to be last year.

The key objective for this offseason is to complement our strong defensive play and league-leading penalty-kill with more goal-scoring, stemming from this aggressive system. We are determined to add players who make significant contributions in 2009-10, enabling us to dictate the pace of the game on a regular basis.

Look, we need to score more goals and the guys we have now aren't enough. I'm gonna go out and go after some new, supposedly awesome, (according to their current GMs) free agents—and completely ignore Blair Betts and Fredrik Sjostrom, who were the reason our PK was as good as it was. How could that fail?!

With an All-Star goaltender, and a mix of accomplished veterans and hungry youngsters, we expect to make our fans especially proud this season. Your loyalty and enthusiasm has always made The Garden a very intimidating place for visiting teams, and you will see a team whose style of play makes it even tougher.

Henke, he's a beast. And we're gonna continue to rely on him to win games. It's not like it matters. You guys will still keep coming no matter what. You guys up in the Blue Seats might be the real fans, but we're still increasing your ticket price by almost nine percent while the suits only get a two- to five-percent increase.

Plus, those Powerstix were freaking awesome. My idea.

We remain humbled and thankful for your energetic support and look forward to seeing you at The Garden for a great season of Rangers hockey.


Glen Sather, President and General Manager, New York Rangers

Please renew your season tickets. If you don't, the boss will realize how much of a hack I am and fire me. Maybe. Also, while you're making your decision, enjoy the 15th anniversary of the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship! Something I had nothing to do with, but will milk for as long as I can.

Glen "Slats" Sather, Architect of the Oilers' Dynasty.

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