As was very clear in yesterday's season finale against the Flyers, the Rangers demonstrated this year that they do not have all the pieces in place to make a successful Stanley Cup run. Here are four key changes that need to happen in the offseason to get things ready for a Stanley Cup run in 2010-2011.
Like Sather, John Tortorella has had enough time to show off his coaching abilities in NY. It's time for him to go. Mike Keenan could be a good replacement choice. He might not have the warmest personality, but Mike knew how to win in NY. He's worked with Messier before and the two of them will do a better job at putting a strong squad on the ice than Sather and Torts have done.
Sorry Glen, it's time to send you packing. The NY fans are getting restless that they have not gotten near the Cup in several years. Sather has had plenty of time to build a real contender in NY, but has not been successful in doing so. He's done a lot for hockey during his career and that needs to be emphasized. Mark Messier is waiting in the wings, and it's time to get the guy who knows how to win in NY into the Rangers' driver seat.
See the kind of clueless look on Wade's face in this photo? It's very telling. Wade was paid a TON of cash to anchor the NY defense, and I don't even think he could anchor a row boat. He was never expected to score like Brian Leetch did, but his defensive play has left most Ranger fans calling for his head, and rightfully so. Wade needs to hit the road, even if it costs the Rangers cash, which it almost certainly will. He can be replaced by a Corey Potter or Bobby Sanguinetti, who will almost certainly perform better.
Marian Gaborek has proven he can play in NY, and now he needs some help. There is some great young talent that has shown glimmers of brilliance this year in the likes of Erik Christiansen and Artem Anisimov, but they still need a proven center or winger who can score 30+ goals. This is critical, as there were too many games this year where Henrik Lundqvist made 40+ saves and looked like he wanted to eat a bullet when the team could not score in front of him.