According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather is not expected to step down, retire, or get fired after a disappointing season in which the Rangers had no offensive spark and could have been one of the worst teams in the NHL had it not been for a certain goalie.
This is obviously bad news. Under Sather this team has become the definition of mediocrity. Sure, they make the playoffs, with the exception of this season, but only once or maybe twice have they had a realistic chance at going deep into the playoffs. In reality all making the playoffs has done for them is gotten them a worse draft pick.
Sather has become known for making bad overpriced signings, but somehow has saved himself by dumping off some bad contracts, i.e. Scott Gomez and Ales Kotalik, and by getting lucky when he drafted Henrik Lundqvist. He’s also been able to use the Rangers deep pockets to hide the contract of players like Darius Kasparaitis, Donald Brashear, and soon to come, Wade Redden.
Sure, the minor league system has become more productive under Sather, but improving on what it was before he came to New York was probably the easiest job in spots. Meaning, it was atrocious. Meanwhile, while they do have some decent prospects, there are no bona fide superstars in the system and he has put the team in a position where they won’t finish last, but won’t come close to getting an elite prospect through the draft.
Of course none of that matters because Sather is the guy who traded away Brian Leetch, for nothing, and Adam Graves, twice.
For some reason, probably an apathetic owner, Sather is untouchable in New York. No amount of mediocrity, “fire Sather” chants, or rallies can touch this guy. He is The Teflon Don. He’ll be here until he dies or is good and ready to step down.
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