Sather’s comments will appear in this post in real time.
2:15PM: Glen Sather is taking questions and not making a statement:
Q: How hard was it to fire Tortorella?
A: I am very appreciative of what Torts did here. We had an evaluation at the end of the year like we always do. We talk about the future and our goal is to win the Stanley Cup and I felt that this was a decision that had to be made to go forward. I think he was a little bit shocked but he is a gentlemen and took it very well.
Q: Target date for a new coach?
A: We have our organizational meetings in June and we will spend that time going over people and doing interviews. That process will start soon and I hope to have it over by the Draft. June 30.
Q:Why did you fire Torts?
A: It wasn’t one thing. I won’t speculate or criticize what happened with Torts or give reasons on why. After the work we did after the year trying to improve the team, it’s a decision that I made. It was consulted with a few people, but removing anyone from the coaching role is a difficult decision. It was a tough decision but I feel like I made the right decision for us to move forward. After doing the analytical work we do after every seaosn, I thought I needed to do something to move our team forward. Every coach has a shelf life and I have told every coach I have hired that this will happen. I had to make a decision and I did.
I made the decision. Every team has a formal decision to make. It wasn’t one situation or one specific thing. It wasn’t the PP. There were a few things that went into this. It was more of a decision on how to get better and challenge for the Stanley Cup.
Q: Did his questioning of the lack of depth have anything to do with being fired?
A: There wasn’t one specific reason. It was the choice of how we are going to get better and move forward. It wasn’t one specific thing.
Q: On Mike Sullivan?
A: The staff is the way it is right now. We are dealing with this today and we will decide on that in our meetings.
Q: On Kreider?
A: I thought he played very well. Young players sometimes take longer to develop. I think Chris was fine. He will be an excellent player. I am not disappointed in his development and I think he will be a great player for us for a long time.
Q: On the style of the new coach?
A: There are a lot of factors when looking for someone who can get us to our ultimate goal. It isn’t an easy thing to achieve. Hopefully whoever we hire has a lot of the good things that Torts has, the good things that Tom Renney has. There are a lot of good coaches out there.
Q: On Lundqvist’s comments on Monday?
A: It didn’t have anything to do with. We plan to sign Henrik to a long-term contract. It had nothing to do with that. This was a decision that I made.
Q: On experience for the new coach?
A: We are going to put some interviews together with some people and try to find the best candidate to serve the needs of the NYR. We will find that person but I won’t comment on who we are looking at.
Q: On Torts and kids?
A: JT was out for the last month with a bad wrist or he would have been playing. Individual players have different needs. Sometimes you can push them to where they need to be, sometimes you can’t. Chris is going to be a good player and will develop at his own pace.
Q: On Lundqvist’s comments about taking a step back this year?
A: What Henrik was talking about was that we made the conference finals and we didn’t get that this year. I don’t know specifically but that is what I think. If we aren’t in the Stanley Cup and winning it then a season isn’t a success. Anytime that we don’t get there I don’t think we have achieved our goal.
Q: Coaches having a shelf life?
A: It’s hard thing to say. I don’t want to get into the specific reasons why we let John go. It’s a trying job and it’s something that you need to take day by day with every coach. You never know how long it’s gonna last or how it will work. I don’t think you can predict that someone will last four years or ten years it’s on the individual.
Q: A new offensive style?
A: I can’t predict what the new coaches system will be like, but if you look at the teams contending for the Stanley Cup, they all have specific ingredients and I would like to take all of them and bring them into our team. There were a lot of factors that impacted how we ended up this year.
Q: On Brad Richards?
A: That is a decision we will make in our organizational meetings. I am not thinking about that right now.
Q: On the emotions of the team not being ready?
A: I don’t want to get into specifics about the reasons. There isn’t one thing that brought this about. It was something that has happened and occurred, it wasn’t one thing I could tell you. We are planning to move forward.
Q: On Richards being scratched and how that decision was made?
A: It was an organizational decision made in conjunction with the rest of us.
Q: On Sather’s future?
A: I don’t know what you are talking about with all the roles, I don’t sharpen the skates here, I gave that up. I will continue as GM for next season.
Q: Will it be important for the next coach to have a good relationship with the press?
A: As I said, I don’t want to get into any specifics. In dealing with the press, it’s important that you have a relationship if it’s good or bad. It’s a matter of sports in the modern world, some people relish it and some people are reserved. I’m not getting into any specifics with things that happened or didn’t happen. That is part of the world of professional sports.
Q: Was this a sudden decision. Harder to fire during a shorter season?
A: You are asking specific questions, the decision wasn’t made lightly. Anytime someone loses a job it’s a bit of a shock. I don’t think he was prepared for it. I don’t think anyone is prepared for it. It’s a difficult role for him to accept and difficult for me to have to tell. We dealt with a shortened season and injuries, under the conditions I thought they played well. Not up to the expectations that we had for them though,