Read: Putting the blame on Glen Sather

Glen Sather5/11/14 | 9:10AM: Mike Lupica disagrees with his Daily News colleague Bondy and says that Nash and St. Louis are the ones who should be getting booed because they started scoring “the way the Mets do.”(Daily News)

Lupica says that Sather’s time with the Rangers can only be called a success when compared to the Knicks. Lupica’s main point in the column is how Sather relates to Phil Jackson and how a good past and resume is no guarantee for success. (Daily News)

5/9/14 | 11:46AM:Fillip Bondy writes that the fans at MSG who were booing Rick Nash and the Rangers on the ice were either too “in the moment or simply too dumb” because they should be targeting their anger at Glen Sather. (Daily News)

He says that Sather is “unfireable” but should be taken to task for headline grabbing moves that end up sabotaging some of his better moves. (Daily News)

Bondy writes that the Rangers are a “good, respectable team” that won’t embarrass James Dolan like the Knicks do but they are also not cup contenders. (Daily News)

James Dolan praised Sather in March and claimed he was the top GM in the NHL.

Dolan said in March, “I have great faith in Glen Sather and think he has made some fantastic moves with the team and he has pulled off some trades that I still don’t know how he has gotten the other team to agree.”

Sather is not intending to retire this year.

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Adam Rotter: I stopped getting mad about Sather years ago when I realized that no matter how angry people get, no matter how loud they chant or anything they do, he just isn’t going anywhere. He wasn’t fired after spending $56.8 million in 2000-01, $64.7 million in 2001-02, $76.4 million in 2002-03 and 2003-04 (USA TODAY) and not making the playoffs, so he won’t be fired after making the playoffs every year but one since the 2004-05 lockout. Whether that is good enough or the team has ever truly been a contender under his watch is debatable.

Hindsight is wonderful with all of Sather’s moves. 94% of fans loved the Rick Nash trade at the time, now people say that the Rangers couldn’t get Brandon Dubinsky straight up for Rick Nash. It’s no excuse and not really comforting to know that half a dozen teams lined up in Toronto to woo Brad Richards and that many teams asked about Nash and Marty St. Louis only to be told that they only wanted to come to the Rangers. Ultimately the blame is split in some fashion between Sather and the player since Sather brought them in but can’t control how they perform on the ice.




12 comments
craigo
craigo

If I had to pay the money for playoff tix and see Nash's poor play I would boo as well! Thank goodness I only have to suffer watching this in front of a TV.

towlie22
towlie22

You can criticize him for bringing in St. Louis. The guy is about a 100, made no sense. 100 year old forwards are rarely effective especially in the playoffs.

7b7c
7b7c

I'm no Sather apologist, but that's more or less BS. The Rangers absolutely have enough talent to beat Pittsburgh, and can compete with Boston. The problem is, the alleged best players on the Rangers, outside of Lundqvist, are playing like garbage. Below that, the rest of the team's passing/transition game has been as bad. They're simply not playing at the level they were during the last 20 games of the year. 


You cannot critique Sather for Nash being terrible. Especially when you all cheered the Nash trade when it happened. You can criticize the moving of Callahan, but St. Louis has/had been a PPG player for the last 8 years, including this one, and showed no signs of slowing down. 


My main gripe is moving Dubinsky instead of Stepan, but that's a relatively minor concern. Slats and his staff have built a competitive team. It's up to the players to do their part.

The Wall Breakers
The Wall Breakers

All of you people calling for Sather's head are morons. This team is good enough to compete and beat both the Penguins and the Bruins. The passing in this series, by the Rangers, has been absolutely atrocious. It was bad against the Flyers too. The Penguins aren't beating the Rangers, the Rangers are beating themselves. That has nothing to do with the team Glen Sather constructed, that has to do with mental focus and preparation. If you want to blame that on Sather, RE: for bringing in guys that aren't prepared to win, well I don't know what to tell you then. He's built one of the deepest teams in the league. We had 11 guys who scored at least 10 goals for us. It's a team deep enough to win that just isn't. Plus, McDonagh's injury is either still reoccurring, or his game rust has shown since he was thrust right into playoff situations. These are things Sather couldn't have predicted.

cole3244
cole3244

if we had a competent owner sather would have been released long ago but we don't and he hasn't and never will be.

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

They all want to come to NY to play in the biggest market for an "original 6" aka the blueshirt retirement home. How many guys since the late 90's have done the same thing? It's comical.

Also Sather has a job for life because Doaln couldn't give a F about hockey and can't be bothered finding a suitable replacement outside the organization.

Kenny Batiuk Sr.
Kenny Batiuk Sr.

God how I hate Glenn sather. He had single handedly ruined this team for years. 14 years and 0 cups under his watch. We needs a fresh new young mind in there. Someone with some sort of idea on how to win in the modern NHL.

Jason Pontillo
Jason Pontillo

And THIS is why we're doomed and won't win anytime soon.

Daniel Hizgilov
Daniel Hizgilov

@towlie22  The guy meanwhile won the Art Ross trophy for most points last year. The guy has the 3rd most points on the team and was great in the Philly series. 

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

Talk about drinking the blue Kool-aid.

Having the talent and havin the right mix of people are 2 different things. You also don't love your team any less if you critique them. They are SOFT! It's a pool of soft guys.. Watch the Bruins/Hab, watch the damn Blackhawks, watch the Ducks and Kings and tell me the a rangers are better than one of those teams.

Even Jeremy Roenick said they don't want it enough..

If lack of effort is a question in the damn playoffs you're soft.

You can't have 3 weak Centers.. You can't have all your Defensemen besides one be stick checking finess players. You cannot have a team where nobody can hold court in front of the net where most goals are produced.

You're delusional. It's best to see things for what they are. It doesn't mean you like or love your team any less. It's a good life lesson as well.

jrjr
jrjr

@The Wall Breakers  did you watch the bruins / habs game last night? THAT was real hockey being played. Any notion that the ranger team as constructed is good enough to beat the bruins is pure fantasy. I know its hard to swallow but Boston and Pittsburg are better and its showing.  You can absolutely point the finger at the man that put the roster together.  Take off your ranger sweater for a moment and try to look at the situation from an independent point of view. the rangers are a group of overpaid veterans that are searching for an identity.  

jrjr
jrjr

@cole3244  at least the rangers spend money to try and improve the team. The Islanders are run by the cheapest fraud in the NHL. Garth Snow has not spent any money but has rebuilt an empty farm system and purged the team of albatross contracts so we are at a point of young talent and the full spectrum of cap space to supplement/sign that talent. The problem is he has displayed very little ability do just that. Im not sure whats worse...Sather spending stupid money on dumb contracts or Snow spending nothing. I am going to say  

Sather gets the upper hand as at least the rangers make the playoffs year in and year out and the Islanders remain in the gutter. Mabye they should clone sather and snow together and see why kind of gm comes out of it....