Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sather Readies for Offseason

Jim Cerny at newyorkrangers.com was able to sit down with Glen Sather to discuss his off-season plans...

On giving young players a chance...

“I think the guys are going to come back a lot hungrier next year,” Sather said of his team. “But we’ve got spots that are available. If you look at the organization we’ve got ourselves into a position where we have a lot of young people coming that are going to challenge for jobs.”

On gauging the market for UFAs...

“It’s like a house of cards, someone makes a deal then someone else makes a deal, so it’s kind of hard to predict what’s going to happen (with free agency),” said Sather. “You have to look at the market and see who’s got the money, who’s got the (salary cap) space. And you see teams making some big trades the past few days that takes some of them out of the free agent market. But you know there are going to be some players out there that we’ll have the chance to sign.”

On teams calling about the Rangers top young talent...

“I think our scouting staff has done a great job, the last three years have been real positive,” noted Sather. “(Other teams) keep asking about the same group of guys. You know you’ve got some (good) players when people are asking for them all the time and trying to trade quality players for these kids.”

...Gordie Clark gets all the credit here.

On having a hands-off approach to the draft...

“They’ve seen these players, and they have years of experience watching these kids play, probably 20-30 times each kid before he’s drafted, so they have a real good handle on it,” Sather said of Clark and the organization’s amateur scouting department. “My role is to monitor what is going on, see who’s available and if we can make a deal to move up or down in the draft or trade a draft pick for a player that can play right now.”

...wish he had a hands-off approach to signing free agents as well.

On playing in New York...

“I think we have found through experience that not everyone can play in New York City,” Sather said. “You have to find people that are dedicated and have the strength of character to succeed in New York. Hockey is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. And it takes a lot of work to be successful.”

...unfortunately the Rangers have had way too much experience finding this out.

...not sure why Sather doesn't give interviews like this more often. I enjoy hearing what the GM of the team I'm so passionate about has to say.

...i think he'd have a lot more fans if he came out more often and explained his thinking on moves. Think about it. If he actually said 'this is what I was thinking on Redden and unfortunately it hasn't worked out for us, but we're going to find a way to make it right by either getting Redden to play better, send him to Hartford or find someone willing to take him from us' wouldn't you respect him for at least being up front and honest with the fan base?

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4 comments :

chris said...

seems like hes a lot more open to signing players now that some big trades have gone away

Anonymous said...

Blah Blah Blah

if you read this carefully, its the ultimate politician's rap.

Doesnt address anything specific, doesnt mention anything by name, makes no commitment to doing anything.

Its nothing!

look at these quotes:

“I think the guys are going to come back a lot hungrier next year,” “But we’ve got spots that are available. If you look at the organization we’ve got ourselves into a position where we have a lot of young people coming that are going to challenge for jobs.”

>>this can be said of ANY team that didnt win the stanley cup, right?

this quote about free agents tells you NOTHING. he doesnt even bother to mention what position he might be seeking to improve:

“It’s like a house of cards, someone makes a deal then someone else makes a deal, so it’s kind of hard to predict what’s going to happen (with free agency),” “You have to look at the market and see who’s got the money, who’s got the (salary cap) space. And you see teams making some big trades the past few days that takes some of them out of the free agent market. But you know there are going to be some players out there that we’ll have the chance to sign.”

his hands off approach to the draft is also telling. clearly this guy does nothing and then simply makes excuses:

“They’ve seen these players, and they have years of experience watching these kids play, probably 20-30 times each kid before he’s drafted, so they have a real good handle on it,” "my role is to monitor what is going on, see who’s available and if we can make a deal to move up or down in the draft or trade a draft pick for a player that can play right now.”

translation? I have no idea whats going on and im too lazy to bother to get involved, and really none of it matters because no matter what i do, my boss, that fat bloated little Richie Rich will never fire me anyway!!

what a sad statement that this guy has been running this team for ten years and really, the ONLY reason they havent been the worst team in hockey is because of henrik, and Jagr and Gaborik being dropped into their laps.

Kevin DeLury said...

I don't know Anonymous (please use a name), I actually liked what he had to say.

Not too many GMs are going to tip their hands on specifically who they're looking at.

Although I do feel Sather needs to go purely on the Rangers winning just two playoff series in his 10 years as GM.

icycup said...

the good thing about the draft is this... it will be more than a couple of years before anybody makes the team and will therefore limit their exposure to a coach that doesnt have enough patience with youth and that juggles lines, therefore destroying chemistry. ive been craving a young, YOUNG team but not under this coach.