A decade of lousy management is long enough. Goodbye Dr. Evil, Glen Sather.
Let’s not let the Rangers inspired run for the final playoff slot these last few weeks cloud the issue.
Truth is, if the Rangers showed the same intensity in all those mid-season games they messed up, especially the home games, they never would have found themselves in this position.
Bottom line: Glen Sather must go, and take John Tortorella with him. Bring in Mark Messier and Mike Keenan, the two men most responsible for the Rangers only Stanley Cup in 70 years.
Listen, we know James Dolan loves Sather’s Edmonton pedigree. But the guy has been in New York for 10 years now, and has won squat.
In 10 years, Sather’s Rangers have never finished higher than third in their division. And in those 10 years they’ve missed the playoffs five times, and won a total of two playoff series.
During his reign, Sather has released such beloved Rangers as Brian Leetch and Adam Graves and failed to hold on to Jaromir Jagr. That didn’t stop him from bringing in busts like Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, Bobby Holik and Scott Gomez, just to name a few.
Other than Tom Renney, Sather’s coaching choices — like Bryan Trottier, Ron Low and himself — have left the Rangers high, dry and misguided.
Tortorella ought to be fired, if for no other reason than his senseless decision to pul goalie Henrik Lundquist in the second period of a loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the final week of the season.
Lundquist carried the Ragners onn his back all season — without him, they are not even sniffing a playoff berth. Sadly, Henrik’s reputation as king of the shootout took a loss in the final loss to the Flyers.
But Lundquist is not the Rangers problem. Sather is. And Torts must go took Time to clean house, Jimmy Dolan.
Bring back some excitement and a winning tradition to the Garden. Bring back Messier and Keenan.