Please stay stubborn Glen Sather

For years I couldn’t stand Glen Sather.  The man steadfastly refused to stop star chasing and as a result the Rangers failed to make any progress, stuck as a perennial borderline playoff team and incapable of putting together a true contender.

Sather learned his lesson and now just as stubbornly refuses to abandon his plan of sticking with youth by including prized youngsters as trade pieces in pursuit of the latest high-priced stars around the league.

Sather has reversed his ways and earns frequent praise from many of the Rangers fans that once loathed him, but many of those fans are refusing to acknowledge the same lesson they so desperately wanted Sather to learn.

Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan are terrific players, there’s no debating that.

There’s also no debating that there are few shortcuts in sports and especially in New York, as we should have learned over the last decade.

Only by meticulously stockpiling prospects and putting focus on development and drafting have the Blueshirts suddenly turned the corner.

Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh are the latest homegrown stars on Broadway, and there will be more to come from an extremely deep pipeline.

In the past, Sather would have been more than willing to reach into the cupboard and sweep its contents out if it meant getting another big name on board.

Now Sather knows that that won’t work.  Trading for a superstar can still be sensible, but Sather has to wait for the right opportunity – the right fit financially, on the ice, in the locker room and that doesn’t strip the organization of its future assets.

It’s a shame that Sather has recognized his own past mistakes and righted them, yet many of the Rangers fans that ripped him for his past ways have quickly grown impatient and now want him to reverse course.

The good news is that more than anything else; Sather has proven to be stubborn beyond belief.  Here’s hoping he continues.

25 thoughts on “Please stay stubborn Glen Sather

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Stubborn, steadfast or unyielding are all words that could describe any GM. The reality of player value is all I ask. Deals not made not, but made in 2 months may infer that one GM “waited out” the other. If the buying price changed in the NYR favor, I am all for it. If “over-valueing” is happenning (on either side), one would hope a dose of reality would kick in before training camps open. It’s still early, but lets not be the ones who cannot find a seat when the music stops.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    i would have no problem walking in to camp with this exact roster. everyone freaking out about gaborik’s injury needs to chill and realize he will be back december the latest. you don’t have to be first overall from october to april. just on the last day they drop the puck. just ask the current champs. if the move doesnt make sense dont force it. keep the kids and let them play!

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      I agree. It’s easy to imagine a better season for Dubinsky and Stepan, Richards now feels at home and won’t suffer from adjustment issues like he did last Fall, Hagelin will continue to develop, and Kreider will be on the scene – all factors that make up for losing Gabby for a few months. My biggest hope, that Sauer can get healthy. That would be a heck of a lineup…

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      “you don’t have to be first overall from october to april. just on the last day they drop the puck. just ask the current champs.”

      Love it.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Spot on article. I have definitely been clamoring for goal support, but the fact sather is reluctant to make a deal means he truly believes in the young guys we have. The one issue I had with the pre lock out rangers is that we did not draft well. That is one reason why I feel the team constantly looked for stars and to trade for stars. Since the lock out I feel every draft pick we are making is quality and fits into our system. I think we should give the line up as is another year to see how it progresses and then go from there

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Stay the course, wait out the CBJ, and their demands!

    Over the history of this organization, how many young kids did we give away, and they turned out to be stars for years, Zubov anyone? Think back to the days of Savard, Amonti, Weight, Middleton, and the list goes on for miles.

    Look, we are doing all the right things, drafting the right type of quality players, guys with character, and the results are showing. I can see a trade being made in the near future, but if it’s a good deal for us, then go for it. If it’s bad for us long term, walk away, and see who else you can obtain via trade from another team!

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      MILES??? Lets be real here we gave a away a few gems. But only at one time did we really give away anything that was worthy And we won the cup with that. Yes Zubi and a few others were guys we should have kept. But the list isnt even close to miles…

      • Jul 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        actually it is, you can add Turcotte, Sandstrom, Granato, and not drafting the likes of Bossy, Langway and so on which were just as bad

        • Jul 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

          Your issing the point here. Only at one time in our history did we really trade away enough of our own that prevented us from winning down the road. And that one time that we did it we won the Cup. And all of the players you listed come out to eight players even if you add eight more to that The list is still far from a mile long. I think every team in the NHL has traded away ten or more players That its fans wish they hadent. And besides who we didnt draft is a whole new ball game.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Im thinking that the Rangers will be fine without either Nash or Ryan…others will step-up till Gaborik gets back…matter of fact…i think they will do so good without Gaborik, they wont need Gaborik and he will – without any DOUBT in my mind be used for TRADE BAIT…Mark my WORDS ! ! !

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Sure, trade away the leading scorer. That should resolve the lack of Offense….

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      This wont even come close to happening. This team had scoring isues with him. They wont get that much better without him. NO WAY THIS COMES TRUE

      • Jul 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        thats right, either he is tearing up the score sheet and you keep him, or he is flopping and you’ve got to try to find value in exchange for a $7.5M salary with 1 year until UFA. either way it sounds like Gabby plays out his term as a Ranger

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I think the Rangers will regress a bit this year even if they add Nash/Ryan. Last year was the culmination of a lot of magic in close games. Only way I see them dominating the East again is if they add Weber cheaply or get Doan/Semin for free and they work out well.

    Regardless I give Sather an “A” for his performance this offseason (even though I hate Asham personally). He made the right but unfortunate call with Prust and has shown patience where others have not. Additionally the Rangers are said to be kicking the tires of every viable option on the table. If the price isn’t right, don’t buy.

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Guess you missed the year before then? This team was well on its way to being a top team 3 years ago untill so many players got injured. Last year was no fluke because they added to that team and players got older. If you add a Nash or Ryan to that mix without losing too much It will only get even better.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Everyone may feel differently, but I believe with Hank and Gabby as they are, the time is now to put a few more pieces in place. If it takes 2 or more years for our prospects to develop, we may miss the window of opportunity. Look at what Detroit did in years past.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Well you guys know my feelings about making trades. A recent example could be the Knicks gutting their young roster for Carmelo Anthony. I’m also a Knick fan, but they’ve been no better since acquiring him (of course a lot of other things factor in I realize… just sayin). They’ll be better this year too btw, but this is a RANGERS blog! Soldier on bored and hockey hungry Rangers fans :D.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    People are always going to find a reason to keep complaining. Is it October yet? So sick of everyone playing armchair GM…

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    We are finally playing the “Right way” and building “The Right way”. Agreed patience is a virtue here with this organization without a shadow of the doubt. Who knows maybe next year we will sign both Getzlaf and Weber and if so that is better and in doing it “the Right way” over past poor drafts of the 70’s and 80’s, the silly trades of our young guns and down right atrocious FA signings. Folks good news here is that it is in the past and now we have a new avenue we are marching on, seems to me we went from 2nd street to Broadway

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Why should Sather even consider a trade when there are likes of Semin and Kostistsin availalble without trading any youth? Add them both and you got 40 goals without trading anyone from the youth core

    • Jul 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Several reasons actually. Not fitting the system and salary demands being at the forefront.

      Besides, the team is at the point where they are looking to add a specific type of player to fit a specific need. Being able to score is not where it starts and ends.

      • Jul 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        Kostitsyn’s would fit in just fine here. And wouldnt cost much at all. And Semin is far too good not to take a chance on. If Torts is half the coach everyone thinks he is then he should be able to get guys like this to play his way.

  • Jul 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Championship teams are built through the draft, free agency and trades not only through the draft. To say that is the only way misses reality. Many teams try for decades to build through the draft and fail. Meanwhile the last 2 championship teams were helped immensely by trades and free agency. The Kings just won with Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner. None of them were Kings the season before. The Yankees refused to put Kennedy, Joba, or Hughes in to a trade for Santanna. Kennedy was later traded. Joba declined and Hughes still is a question mark. A good GM will keep an open mind. I remember when Rangers fans were saying they would go beserk if Slats traded Jamie Ludmark for Jagr. Now how silly does that sound? Just because a player is young doesnt make a player great. I want to keep McD and Kreider but saying that guys like Stepan are untouchable is silly in my opinion. I like the kid but he is not going to be a all star player in my opinion never mind a dynamic dominant player. Both Ryan and Nash are much better players so if Slats can get either one for Stepan he should pull the trigger.

    • Jul 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

      but if Stepan is deemed untouchable it is because he has been inquired about by other teams. This not only means that Sather holds him in high regard but other GMs do as well. In his sophomore season the kid had 51 points I think it’s a safe bet to assume in a few years he will be counted on for 70 plus a year. That’s not chump change and a point total nash has only gotten once in his carear I’m not opposed to dealing Stepan but it would be hard to deal him along with one of our top prospects and at least our next first round pick and probably another roster play and/or prospect. It’s not like it’s a one for one trade trade Stepan for Nash it’s that Howson is asking for half the roster and farm system for Nash and that is just way too much to give up in addition to Stepan.

  • Jul 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I hated Sather and joined the “Fire Sather” chants at the Garden. But he has done a great job drafting and developing youth, thanks to hiring Gordie Clark and leaving him alone to make so many great draft choices. We have the core of this team together for the next 2 seasons. I would go with what we have for this year. We can always pick up a free agent or 2 next year or then do a trade for 1 or 2 missing pieces.

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