There was a time in March 2011 while in attendance at MSG for a loss to St. Louis yours truly started a chant from the old 300’s on the 7th Ave end which quickly spread like wild fire through the Garden Faithful. It wasn’t the first time it had been heard under the famous ceiling above Penn Station; at the time an all too familiar ode to the man with perhaps the best job security on the island of Manhattan. “Fire Sather” had a good ring to it, and given the mediocre product that had graced the ice for a third straight season with what seemed no hope to a fruitful ending any time soon, and preceded by a decade’s worth of little to no reward, the blame and vitriol be felled the broad shoulders of the smug and stealth general manager directly sitting just a couple stories above my location that evening.
There was a foolish movement around that time which gained steam through social media on the interweb to stage a protest outside the 9 story cylinder on the corner of 7th and 33rd, to which of course a scant few actually showed up for. Over Glen Sther’s now 14 year run at the helm of the New York Rangers much criticism has been lobbed his way for a perceived mismanagement of a club with lofty expectations that had come to ruins in the years following it’s only championship in the past 73 years. Ranger fans are starved for another sip from Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail, especially having to endure such greatness in recent times from a certain team from the swamp. However, as the club on this day sits one win from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, one must laud the cigar sucking mastermind for his diligence in crafting this club on the precipice of glory.
Throw it back to July/August of 1995 for a moment. Rangers President and GM Neil Smith had just watched his team be discarded by the bigger, stronger force that was the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers had lost much of their own muscle following their ’94 Cup parade, and those that remained seemed still battle wounded from said excursion. The thought was that Smith must retool the depth and mettle on the roster to combat the broad street Bullies. After an attempt to acquire Shayne Corson from the Blues went awry, out went Sergei Zubov and Petr Nedved for a return of Luc Robitaille and Ulf Samuelsson from Pittsburgh. Later that season at the deadline Smith would spin the roulette wheel again as he had in ’94 dealing Mattias Nordstom, Nathan Lafayette, Ray Ferraro and Ian Laperierre to LA for Jarri Jurri, Marty McSorley and Shane Churla. The result? Yet another second round loss, this time at the hands of a highly skilled and speedy Penguins squad, a team he helped bolster with the likes of Nedved and Zubov. The muscle he acquired sacrificed to the offensive flow and speed due to rash decisions to what happened against Philly a year before.
Glen Sather’s entire regime has been predicated by attempts to field a squad with solid offensive depth. While that took a brief back seat in the waning years of John Tortorella, the 2013-’14 incarnation is result of a gradual process which has taken place over the past 14 years. After being handily dispensed at the hands of the much stronger Boston Bruins last year, one might have anticipated such moves to acquiesce to that style of play, which could have become a detriment in the Conference Final series which the Rangers find themselves up 3-1 heading into game 5 tonight in Montreal. the Canadiens play an open, quick transition game which is a match-up that favors this Rangers squad coached by the calm demeanor and offensive mastermind that is Alain Vigneault, and iced by a multitude of offensive weapons both up front and on the back end. This team has the depth and skill to perhaps lift the chalice.
If one does not learn from history, he is doomed to repeat it. All Ranger fans should thank Glen for sticking to his laurels, as well as be thankful some chants fall on deaf ears.
Yes, Ryan Callahan is our captain and sets the tone for hard working, sacrificing the self for the team mentality that has permeated each Rangers team since his arrival on Broadway. As an impending Unrestricted Free Agent, however, Glen Sather CAN NOT give in to the exorbitant demands of a glorified third liner.
What does Cally do well? Lays his body on the line every night, every play; blocks shots with reckless abandon; consistently leads team and league in hits; stout in all three zones, especially along boards in neutral zone to thwart enemy rushes as well as on the forecheck; unequivocal leader in locker room. He’s one of those players with great intangibles that teams covet for championship runs. These are all talents that have justified the ‘C’ on his chest and got him a spot on the USA Olympic squad (we’ll see how such talents parlay on to the bigger ice). Then why run him out of town? As an impending UFA who is searching for a long term deal for big money, you simply can not commit the 7 years and large cap hit he desires to a player who is constantly on the IR, does not put up big points, and is undersized.
For a team that was man handled and out classed by the bigger, faster Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semi’s last spring, Glen Sather has an opportunity to upgrade his club on the ice by bringing in a cheaper, younger, bigger power forward with big offensive upside in the form of Chris Stewart of St. Louis, who although has been inconsistent this season on a top team will likely benefit from a change of scenery into an offensively flowing team such as the Rangers under Alain Vigneault. Another option would be Jamie McGinn in Colorado, an even younger player who fits the same mold. Fact is, despite the Rangers’ recent surge, they’re doing it on the backs of miniature Mats Zuccarello, here and there center Derrick Brassard who has never been one to throw his body around, and the ever soft and inconsistent Benoit Pouliot. they need size and skill to go up against Boston and Pittsburgh.
Now if by some miracle Captain Cally gains rationality comes down on his demands before the trade deadline, by all means re-sign him and keep that leadership in the room. But what exactly has the leadership in the Rangers’ room ever won? At some point during the 7 year term of Henrik Lundqvist’s newly minted deal this team needs to become a champion, and as currently constructed it can easily be argued that this rangers team lacks certain tools needed to bring the elusive Stanley to MSG. Sometimes you have to give to get.
People say that Glen Sather does some pretty stupid things but Holmgren and Snider are right up there with stupid decisions. From exiling Richards and Carter to bring in Bryzgalov then bringing back Emery after buying out Bryzgalov you can say their resume for stupidity is growing. With that being said firing ‘Lette might be a good thing for this team. When Laviolette came in as coach in 2010, he brought these dicks to the Stanley Cup at the 8th seed and gave ChiTown a good run for their money but failed. 2010-2011 season came around and they were nasty throughout the regular season and then lost in the second round meanwhile they were picked to go to the Stanley Cup.
2011-2012 they were knocked out in the Semi Finals by the Devils and then Philly didn’t even make the playoffs last year. I guess them sucking carried over into preseason as they went 1-5 and now 0-3 to start the season. They just seem to be going backwards. I mean that’s good for fans of teams that root against Philadelphia. It’s a demanding sports city. I mean the fans are crazy, they’ll just fight people over stupid shit. I guess Holmgren and Snider expected the second coming of Christ from Laviolette but it just didn’t work out. ‘Lette’s a very good coach, a Stanley Cup winner keep in mind I guarantee he will a job because some team is bound to do terrible and fire a coach.
Craig Berube is taking over the mantle as head coach. Guy’s got a such a funny name. Craig. Also Craig’s remarkable flow back in circa ’98 was damn near flawless. On par wit Jags:
One more thing, I strongly feel that the greatest thing Peter Laviolette ever did as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers was tell Steve Ott to go fuck himself.
Derek gets his money from the Rangers, goes on a bonito fish run with Mark Cuban. Everyone’s happy.
As we all know Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers have reached a deal after a too long of a stalemate. Drove me crazy because the Rangers needed this guy in camp since day one, but whatever it’s over and done with. Right now I’m gonna give you the scenario in how the deal probably went down.
Glen was sick and tired of Derek partying too hard and chillin with multiple chicks on the reg not focusing on the hockey. Derek was spendin too much time listenin to his agent and not himself. You don’t need ears to listen to yourself Derek. So Glen got fed up, went to Derek’s house with a contract and Glen’s word that he’ll sign him to a long term extension during the season. This is a re enactment of Glen goin to Derek’s house to get the deal done:
Obviously that’s a clip from the 1987 classic SciFi film ‘RoboCop’. It would be borderline outrageous if that’s what happened though. Tonight the Rangers face off against Torts and the VanCity ‘Nucks. We’ll see what distasteful words John has to say in his pre and post game interviews. Cheers.
Officially done deal
The face of every NYR fan after receiving such great news.
Everyone is as surprised as I am that it’s taking this long for Derek Stepan to sign a contract. Me and Doud have spoken about it often and the point that he made that nobody else in the world has thought about is that he’ll be signed at the end of camp. Seems that that will be the case as we approach the Octoer 1st season opener for the NHL. Same shit happened with Penalty Kill (PK) Subban; Montreal stood firm as fuck with their 2 year bridge deal and what do you know the guy got his big payday extension durin the season last year. Subban also had the best year of his career in 2012-2013.
Nobody should panic yet, Sather said some pretty righteous things during the Edmonton intermission the other night and we all Derek heard it. It’s only a matter of time til we see Derek’s name in the headlines that he’s reached a new deal with the Rangers. Until then….
(Left to right: Sam Rosen, James Dolan, Glen Sather, Alain Vigneault)
Officially announced that Alain Vigneault is the 35th Head Coach in New York Rangers history. The way this team plays, I anticipate being a big departure in how Johnny Torts had them playing. You might even seen an offensive player skate to the slot and drive the net and create lanes and nice plays on a powerplay.
(follow above link for Glen Sather’s confrence call from yesterday)
Listen anyone that knows me knows I’ve been saying all through the playoffs LAST YEAR when they were charging through the east that their offensive philosophy needed to change before they go out and acquire, say, Rick Nash to add to their goal production. Everything was to the outside, no weaving into high percentage areas, no cycling, no pucks filtered to the net, nobody crashing the crease/causing havoc for opposing net minders. Having said that, I believed then and through the end of this season that Johnny Torts was more of the solution to the end game of winning the Cup as opposed to the detractor.
More than likely him and Glen sat down to discuss how they’re gonna change the game plan and Johnny stood pat, probably also backed Rad Brichards wanting to keep him and shit blew up leading to the eventual outcome of him being out on his ass. Also turns out he lost the room like a month into this season and dudes just got sick of him, and various players in exit interviews alluded to such. Through this season i lessened my stance on supporting him since the offense hadn’t changed and you know Torts was the catalyst for the Gaborik trade which, despite the immediate dividends it paid, will bite them in the ass this year when you KNOW ‘rik is good for 40+ g-notes playin out his last year on his contract and IN OUR OWN GODDAMN DIVISION NO LESS (thanks re-alignment). The whole point in having Nash is that you also had ‘rik; two 40 goal guys on separate lines that teams can’t match up against.
Glen’s FIFTH HEAD COACHING HIRE (smh) in his tenure absolutely needs to be a dude with championship pedigree that will open up the offense and have the respect of his players. Hank needs run support and a new max deal. Oh yea and a Cup. no go out there and GET IT.