Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Why it has to happen

   Glen Sather is considered to be one of the best GM's the NHL has seen. He was able to build a dynasty in Edmonton acquiring players such as Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Grant Fuhr, Jari Kurri and Esa Tikkanen. Although the lack of resources finally caught up, Sather somehow found a way to make the Oilers successful. The success he had drew the attention of the New York Rangers as he was hired to become their 11th GM in franchise history in 2000. In his thirteen years as the GM of the Broadway Blueshirts, he has had mixed results. After firing Head Coach John Tortorella, the ownership group should consider firing Sather. Here is why.
    Although he has made some great draft choices such as Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callahan, Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal, he has made some terrible choices in terms of signing veteran free agents. Before the 2004-2005 lockout, he decided to build his roster with veterans that he overpaid such as Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure, Bobby Holik and Darius Kasparaitis to join Brian Leetch and Mark Messier. After realizing that he was not getting the results with the veterans he signed, he decided to build the roster through the draft. However he has made the same mistakes as he did in the past. He greatly overpaid to sign Chris Drury, Wade Redden and Scott Gomez. Although he managed to get something from Gomez (trading for Ryan Mcdonagh), both Redden and Drury's tenure did not very long based on injuries and poor play. Another example of veterans that he brought that failed happened this very year as he traded Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Derek Dorsett, Derek Brassard and John Moore. Gaborik just like the previous mentioned players struggled greatly in the Big Apple based on being injured for most of the time. The last example of a veteran not succeeding is Brad Richards. He signed a nine year deal prior to the 2011-2012 season with the hope of developing instant chemistry with Gaborik. That did not happen as he had his struggles which led to him being a healthy scratch for the Rangers last two playoff games. It is also rumored that the Rangers will use their final amnesty buyout on him based on what has happened in his brief two seasons. Sad to say but the only veterans that Sather brought in that had success were Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr.
     If the Rangers really hope to have success down the road, ownership has to fire Sather. It is simple, he has not used the resources efficiently to build a winner like he did with the Oilers. If he had decided to not build his team with highly priced veterans, would I be writing about this subject or would I be writing about how much of a success he would of been had he built the Rangers the proper way.

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