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Glen Sather Not Putting New York Rangers on Right Track

Robby KrevatContributor INovember 11, 2009

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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The hot-start Rangers are now injury plagued and sinking through the ranks.

The Rangers came back from the lockout with the hopes of a fresh start. The first three seasons did just that. They showed an improving team that was made from no-namers and the Rangers own system, and a gamble on Jaromir Jagr.

They appeared to have learned their lesson of going out and buying high price stars wasn't the way to win.

This all changed at the end of the 2007-2008 season when Shanahan, Straka, Jagr, Avery were all let go for the purpose of rebuilding.

Why?

This was a team that went to the second round of the playoffs two years in a row, and in the second year they were ousted by the team that represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals for the two following years. Why did they mess with a good thing?

In the 2008-09 season the Rangers had a blazing hot start rushing to the top of the league with their new team, then a dismal showing for the remainder of the season until John Tortorella was brought in and Sean Avery was brought back.

This year was hopes of rectifying mistakes from the previous years. However, it seems as if right now, the Rangers are the exact same team they were before the lockout.

But, instead of buying superstars, Glen Sather has tried to buy chemistry.

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The Rangers are injury plagued which is not his fault, however, the Rangers don't appear to be on the right track.

Either Glen Sather needs to stop over-tinkering with the team, or they need a new general manager who will let the team develop and assist as necessary. Sometimes the best shot at a cup is to not fight for that eighth playoff spot by wheeling and dealing but instead get yourself some home grown, high choice draft picks by letting a year slide.

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