Brooks: Time for Slats to Admit Mistakes

Never short on criticism of Rangers GM Glen Sather, Larry Brooks of the NY Post has called out Slats and says it’s time to admit some big mistakes.

If it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald Brashear, he has no place running the Rangers any longer.

Brooks is dead on here, for the most part. It has become abundantly obvious that the Rangers are, at best, a mediocre team. It is time that Slats admits his mistakes and cuts ties with the albatross twins and Donald Brashear. Sending the albatross twins to Hartford will clear $11 million in cap room, but unfortunately sending Brashear down won’t clear his entire salary, just $100,000, as per the CBA and 35+ contracts. Clearing that $11 million will give the Rangers much needed cap room to improve the blue line in the short term during the off season, or at the trade deadline.

The Rangers will not be a better team if these three are banished, but they will not be a worse team either. Rozsival and Redden have proven time and time again that they are inconsistent and unreliable. It is truly unfortunate, as I expected Rozsival to be a rock this season. Redden was also showing signs of improvement, but his play has tapered off and he was benched for two games. Although I initially praised Brashear, he has proven me wrong, and shown that he is useless. Hey, I can’t get them all right.

Replacing Brashear is relatively easy, and can be accomplished by inserting Aaron Voros or by calling up Dane Byers for a more permanent stay. Replacing the albatross twins though, is actually harder than it seems. Ilkka Heikkinen appears to be ready to contribute at the NHL level, but it is clear that Bobby Sanguinetti needs another full season at the AHL level. Where would the Rangers get the sixth defenseman from? It’s an interesting debate, and there doesn’t appear to be an in-house solution. Maybe Mathieu Dandenault? He’s not really impressing in Hartford, he’s the best solution available thus far.

It is highly unlikely that Sather demotes any of the three, but clearing cap space is the first step to fixing the Rangers defense.

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  • Slats will never do it. Even if he did, who do we get to Rosy and Redden? Yeah, Heikkinen is one spot. Dandenault is not likely. Of course, Voros or Byers is an easy move. But again, Slats doesn’t have the balls to do it. Not many GMs would.

  • The second defense spot is the one they don’t have the pieces to fill. Of course, Brad Lukowich is on re-entry waivers, so that would be just a pro-rated $900,000 (around $450,000) cap hit if they put in a claim.

  • Why not send just one down initially? Also, don’t trade our premier prospects. Anyone following Kreider, Stepan, etc. knows they look great although several years away.

  • That’s another solution, just dump one and see how it goes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Redden toil away in Hartford, then see Rozsival bought out at the end of the season.

  • Dandenault was injured over a month ago and hasn’t played since. Nobody seems to know what the status is. Laurie Carr who follows the Pack ( indicated that prior to the injury he had come in and “settled the Pack defense down with his veteran presence” (my paraphrase). If he hadn’t been hurt I’d have to believe he would have been signed to a contract and brought up to the Rangers. Still might happen depending on his health.

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