Glen Sather's Prayer for the 2009-10 Season
As many Ranger fans lament about the lack of a true first-line center, a big nasty defenseman, and the contracts of Wade Redden, Michael Roszival, and Chris Drury, the following thoughts came to mind.
Now if you only think that filling a team's holes comes with the signing of quality veteran players, one might be overly concerned...um no, make that more like in a panic.
There comes a point in every organization's development when some of the reins and the responsibility for improvement has to be turned over to the young kids, because the holes are just too big to try and fill with Free Agent signings and trades.
I have no doubt that like last year, Slats is again going to rely on a lot of prayer and a dose of hope. Can't say that I know if Slats is religious or not, but if it's the latter then I suggest he gets some religion real fast.
Here's Glen Sather's prayer list for the upcoming season:
Oh Lord, Allah, Ishvara, Yahweh, Vishnu, Deus, Jupiter, Zeus ... whatever is going to work, please provide me with the following:
May Nik Zherdev understand the meaning of consistency and show the same desire game in and game out like a Marian Gaborik or Ryan Callahan.
Speaking of Gaborik, please provide him with an invisible force field so that no one hits him...may his hip not hurt and may his groins be limber.
May Ryan Callahan continue his development and become that gritty winger who scores 30-35 goals.
May Dubinsky really blossom this season and develop into a serviceable, albeit not spectacular, first-line center.
May Chris Drury find his true voice and lead every night by example...oh yeah, could you also have him score 30 goals and make them all clutch goals?
May Dan Girardi play a little bit more like the 2007-2008 Girardi, just better.
May Marc Staal play like one of the top 10 d'men from Canada...and chip in five or six more goals this year.
May KING Henrick get a lot of sleep and stay healthy all year, real healthy.
May Wade Redden play well enough so that he doesn't get booed every night...I won't ask you to have him play up to his salary cap number, because some miracles are just too miraculous.
In the alternative, can you find me an even dumber GM out there to trade him to for a seventh-round draft choice?
May Michael Roszival play well enough so that he doesn't get booed every night...I won't ask you to have him play up to his salary cap number, because some miracles are just too miraculous. In the alternative, can you find me an even dumber GM out there to trade him to for a seventh round draft choice?
Hmmm, I have a feeling I've already asked for something like this before.
May Matt Gilroy provide us with 18 quality minutes a night.
May Artem Anisimov score at least half as well as he did in the AHL last season.
May Lauri Korpikoski at least double his production and kill penalties well.
May Brian Boyle "get it" and use his body each and every game—also, may we be rewarded when we use him front of the net on the PP because we think he might be good for 15-20 goals this year.
May Higgins score 30, be healthy all year, help on the PP and kill penalties at the same time.
May I have a real young stud prospect forward surprise us all and make the team this year?
May I have a 24 year old Finnish defenseman come in and surprise us all by making the team and manning the point on our PP?
May John Tortorella not run these guys so ragged that we experience too many injuries and find ourselves too fatigued come playoff time...Um, may we please make the playoffs?
Thank you God, that's it...for now.