My .02 On The Rangers Blogger Ban

rich spanContributor IAugust 27, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 26: President and General Manager Glen Sather of the New York Rangers watches the game against the Washington Capitals in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 26, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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I'm sure by now most of you have seen this, but i wanted to add my voice. Apparently there are several teams around the NHL … including my always scandal free Rangers … that are looking to ban bloggers from gaining press credentials. One paragraph in particular made me want to punch Sather harder than I already did:

"According to multiple sources speaking on background, a New York Rangers blogger affiliated with SB Nation was credentialed by the NHL for the 2010 Draft in Los Angeles. The Rangers were reportedly upset at his presence because the blogger was associated with a "Fire Sather" rally in March that targeted the Rangers' beleaguered general manager. The Rangers, and other teams, viewed this as a writer "crossing over" into "irresponsible" fan behavior."

Irresponsible? IRRESPONSIBLE? You know what’s irresponsible? Giving Wade Redden a 6 year contract … forget the money … a 6 YEAR contract on the heels of back to back terrible seasons post lock out. How about not renewing Rozsival for 3 years at 4 mil per during the season … waiting for him to become a UFA … and then giving him an extra year and an extra mil per! Drury … Gomez … you know where this is going. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

You know what Glen … if you didn’t want people calling for your head then you should stop screwing up!! And I might add that Mr. Larry Brooks was also at that rally (covering, not participating, although I’m sure he wanted to) … but he still gets full press credentials … and he’s FAAAAAAR more critical of Sather, Torts and the entire Rangers front office … heck even players … than any of the bloggers out there. But he gets a press cred because he writes for the Post and not a website?

Thankfully it’s not just the Rangers that have this point of view … so us Rags fans don’t have to carry this embarrassment alone.  The Oilers (you know the place Sather destroyed after getting handed Messier and Gretzky) are also on board. One uncited Western Conference team stated that no blogger will be allowed at games “without a ticket”. Nice.

Your first Amendment at work ladies and gents! I forgot that it now reads that Sather can do whatever he wants and shouldn’t be questioned about it.