Buzz: The Future Of Glen Sather and The Rangers

Glen SatherOn Sportsnet, Nick Kypreos spoke about Glen Sather’s future.

Kypreos said, “there isn’t much talk of Glen Sather and the Rangers moving forward, there is some talk about Bryan Murray getting an extension in Ottawa but how about the other 70 year old in New York. There is a lot of talk about whether he wants to go into next season as the general manager or will he relinquish some of that power. So yea, there is some speculation about some changes coming to New York.”

Kypreos said last May that Sather wasn’t going anywhere.

There was speculation last June that Sather was thinking about stepping down.

James Dolan said that Sather can be GM of the Rangers for as long as he wants and that ultimately, Dolan will be the one to choose who replaces Sather as GM.

Adam Rotter: Based on his age more than anything, because he won’t be fired because of performance, there is going to be on-going speculation about Sather until he eventually steps away as GM. It’s likely that Jeff Gorton will be the next GM and that at least for a short-time after, Sather will remain as President. Gorton has a background in scouting, has previous GM experience and handles a lot of the day to day responsibilities now.


From the Rangers media guide, “In his role, Gorton is responsible for all aspects of hockey administration for the team, including matters relating to the hockey club’s salary structure and to the team’s interaction with the National Hockey League regarding player contracts, player movement and Collective Bargaining Agreement issues. He oversees the day to day work of the hockey operations area, including the administration of all player and staff
contracts. Gorton represents the club in salary arbitration matters, assists in nego- tiation of player contracts and coordinates team research projects. He also contin- ues his involvement with the club’s professional and amateur scouting operations.”

For more on Gorton, CLICK HERE.




16 comments
kachook
kachook

Gorton already runs the draft. If Sather steps down nothing will change regarding player development. There's no way to know who is making the calls on any particular free agent acquisition, although Sather obviously has the final say. And contracts and salary cap management have never been Sather's day to day concern. So I'm not sure what if anything would change if Gorton takes over. After all, he's been at least as 'responsible' as Sather for what the Rangers have been since 2004. Just sayin...

Daniel Hizgilov
Daniel Hizgilov

I think Sather is one of the best GMs in NHL history, let's not forget that he built the Oilers dynasty in the 80s. In NY though, he entered the twilight of his career as a GM and, partially due to bad luck, and poor decision making, he was unable to return this team to its previous prevalence. I think he took the wrong approach to it at first and tried to recreate a super team which in the early 2000s was no longer a successful strategy. Detroit and NJ had shown that the new way to win cups was through the draft. He kept signing star players who just kept flatlining the moment they put on a Rangers sweater. The problem was he refused to adapt until Torts came in. Then finally built a young team with potential for success. Last year was an oddball year with everything that happened and that can be attributed to the Nash trade where Sather deviated from his new strategy. It turned out to be costly depth wise for this team and now we are in our current situation. Sather deserves praise and credit for his past success but failed to adapt to modern NHL strategies until it was too late. All I want to say is that he should be respected, and it's a shame that so many Rangers fans are hating on him. I for one think that he should step down and allow Jim Gorton to patch up and draft the team back to success but at least give the guy respect.

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

Sather is a whipping boy when the team is mediocre and a genius when they win 51 games in a season. That's about par for the course for the majority of NHL franchises, save the perennial contenders like Pittsburgh, Chicago, ect. I'll be the first to decry his ineptitude at times, but he also put together a commendable squad immediately post lockout and the 2010-2012 roster was put together with smart drafting, development, trades and signings.

KreiOfTheTiger
KreiOfTheTiger

think about it: sather fires torts, hires AV all while barely changing the team. it was clearly a last ditch experiment/attempt before he rides into the sunset. building a championship team doesnt happen over night and not merely by changing a coach. so clearly he is on his way out.

AdamRotter
AdamRotter

@kachookYou may be thinking of Gordie Clark. He runs the draft, is Director of Player Personnel and has been with the team for 12 seasons

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

@Daniel DHizzy Hizgilov All due respect, every thing u mentioned happen PRE-cap. Hasn't had much success since the 2004 lock-out my friend, much as I do concur about all that Slats did in EDM.


But the fact is, that's going on 25+ years now. Kinda ancient history, esp when ur trying to recoup a $1B MSG Transformation with a quality, playoff-consistent franchise. 

sithlord
sithlord

@C. A. Tumminia 


So what you are saying is that he has done a commendable job in all of 2 of his 13 seasons.  I'm sorry, but under no circumstances is that acceptable.  1 trip past the second round of the playoffs in those 13 years should get a general manager fired, and it would on pretty much any other team where the owner is competent.    In fact, its pretty disturbing when Adam so completely dismisses Sather losing his job over performance.  It's true, of course, but that doesn't make it any less pathetic.  It's not coincidence that there has been 1 cup in 73 years and counting.

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

There is literally no rationale to this statement. I can't even muster a more comprehensive reply because it makes absolutely no sense.

Daniel Hizgilov
Daniel Hizgilov

I completely agree with you. I just feel that some fans are really being disrespectful to the guy.

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

How often do you see GM's fired in this.league? Only Pit, Det, Chi, Bos, and La have made it to the conference finals in two or more years post lockout. You can expect to make it there every year but just because a team doesn't does not mean it's attributable to mismanagement.

jayhawkey
jayhawkey

@C. A. Tumminia@sithlord   You my friend are banging your head against a pro Sather wall. These fans that are giving Sather his kudos probably because they don't really know the game at this level. They don't know about the league parity and the talent level that Sather hasn't built to compete against the big boys and even the mediocre boys. When you have a 4 yr plan like Sather and Clark had then field this team that has a struggle night in and night out ...then there has been some very poor decisions made.

The game has passed him by. I look up at the Phoenix booth on game night and I see a few 30-40-50 yr old Hockey guys up there all pumped up about that team ready to get to work the next day to make any changes to make that team better. Sather sits like the owner of the Johnstown Jets team ...sits in his chair, smokes his cigar and can't wait to get out on tee#!

sithlord
sithlord

@C. A. Tumminia @sithlordd


Sather gets berated either way.  1 season with a lot of breaks and puck luck against a sea of mediocrity doesn't change that. Maybe you didn't use the word successful, but your original post was much more a defense of Sather than anything else, and his results aren't very defensible.  His tenure with the Rangers has stretched from poor to mediocre.  Sure he has acquired talent. Any GM with a checkbook can acquire talent, and they all get draft picks too.  Its about acquiring the right talent, and at that Sather has been average on his very best days over the course of 13 years.  Certainly nowhere close to "job for life" status.

C. A. TumminiaⓋ
C. A. TumminiaⓋ

@sithlord @C. A. Tumminia Not once did I mention the word "successful," nor did I mention whether he has a plan or whether it's a good one. So lets stay on point. I said, fans berate him when the team wins and praise him when they loose, which is no different than any other GM. You can't argue that he hasn't gone out an acquired talent. Whether that talent produces on ice is out of his control. 

sithlord
sithlord

@C. A. Tumminia 


Only 5 GMs have been with their teams longer than Sather, and 3 of those GMs have won cups with those teams.  Again, How is finishing above 6th in the east and getting to the eastern conference finals once in 13 years successful?  What exactly is Sather's current plan?  Fans so accepting of barely mediocre is part of the reason Sather has a job for life.