[Repost] Read: Glen Sather On Long Term Contracts

Glen Sather6/6/2012| 6:17PM: In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.

Glen Sather talked about signing players to long term contracts and how General Managers go about it:

“There are GMs who will sign contracts—- and it doesn’t matter how big they are or how long they are— because they think that at the same time they are protecting their own skin. [A GM] has got to make sure that he isn’t signing guys for the wrong reasons. That’s when it can get complicated because you can get into a long-term contract with a guy who is a hell of a player but he just can’t play in your environment.  He gets a big contract and he gets a lot of money and now his goals have changed. He thinks he has got a retirement contract and now he doesn’t want to get hurt, so he doesn’t play as aggressively as he did before, so his skills deteriorate and you are stuck with this guy. What do you do with him’?”

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Read: What Neil Smith Thinks A Winning Team Should Include

In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.

Here, former Rangers GM Neil Smith talks about how he thinks a Stanley Cup winner needs to be built.

“I think that, for me, the number one ingredient if you want to win the Stanley Cup is you better start getting people who have won the Stanley Cup…The whole key to the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup was Messier, along with Tikkanen, Kevin Lowe, Buekeboom and Anderson….because they knew how to get there.

Smith was the Rangers GM from 1989 to 2000.

Read: Glen Sather On The Salary Cap

In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.

Here, Glen Sather gives his thoughts on the salary cap:

“The league wants a different cup winner every year , and they want parity, and that is what the cap us supposed to do. Parity comes because good players are supposed to move around. It hurts your fan base, because fans get emotionally involved with these players, and then those players leave and you have to start all over again.

Read: When Glen Sather Stuck It To The Flames

In the 1980’s the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames played four times in the playoffs with the Oilers winning three times.

In 1986 though, after the Flames defeated the Oilers in the playoffs, Glen Sather got some revenge on the Flames by making a move at the draft.

Sather told Jason Farris in Behind The Moves:

“[Edmonton] had a rivalry with Calgary for years, and we never made any deals [with them]. I heard they were going to pick a Scottish player, Tony Hand, in the last pick of the draft, and I knew it because our scouts had been talking to their scouts. We ended up picking him one pick ahead of Calgary just to piss them off.”

Sather also stuck it to the Flames when he traded Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins for Brandon Prust and Olli Jokinen.
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Read: Glen Sather Talks About The Process Of Making A Trade

In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.

Here, Glen Sather talks about part of the process in making a trade.

“It is hard to make a deal if you are going to to tip your hand and ask for somebody all the time. You need to have the other GM come around and suggest that he would like somebody and maybe would give you this. If you are too anxious, you are not going to make the deal, and if you are not eager enough to make a deal, then you can’. I find that the best time to make a deal is when there is a deadline. If you are going to try to make a deal for somebody, it is generally at the trading deadline now. That’s when teams are trying to get better or are trying to unload players.”

Sather added “If a guy tries to screw you, you find a way to screw him back. I wouldn’t say be vengeful, but I wouldn’t forget stuff like that.”

Read: Glen Sather on Being GM Of The Rangers and Why Some Moves Are Made

In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.

Here, Glen Sather talks about what it is like to be GM of the Rangers:

“I thought the challenge [coming to the Rangers] was going to be terrific, as it has been. I wouldn’t say that it has been even close to successful; it has been competitive but it takes a long time to change things. Guys get into a position and it takes you three or four or five years just to clean out the bad contracts and change the environment….Owners don’t want to hear it. But do they want reality or bullshit? When I went to New York, [Dave] Checketts told me that we have to have stars in New York or we are not going to sell tickets. Bottom line is that every team wants to sell every ticket and create as much revenue as possible…Only one team is going to win. Does every owner in the league know that? Do they honestly think they have a legitimate shot at winning? We bullshit each other and we tell our players that our goal is to win the Stanley Cup. Well, that is the goal, but do you really believe it?”

Read: When Glen Sather called about Vinny Lecavalier as told by Jay Feaster

In the book “Behind The Moves,” Jason Farris spoke with NHL General Managers past and present about how they conduct business and to tell stories about their lives in hockey.

Current Calgary GM Jay Feaster tells a story of one of his first interactions with Glen Sather:

“When I was a rookie GM, 2002, Glen would call and he’d start, ” What’s going on” What are you doing? Got anything going?’ I’d tell him what we were looking for, and then I’d say, ‘How about you? What are you looking for?’ Well, I don’t know. We need a second-line center. Let me ask you something,. That Leceevaler, Laclavier, or what’s that guy’s name that you have there, that young kid? Would you ever think of moving him?

Feaster adds that his response was “‘No, we’re not going to move him, thanks.’ That was his way of going about it.”

Sather said “I called about Vinny more or less just to check [Feaster] out a little bit, see how he handled it. He did the right thing with Lecavalier. But at that time, Vinny was bitching about everything and he wanted to get out of there. Feaster was smart and hung on to him.”