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@SmellyKisio "Imagine we had mike milbury, god forbid! He woulda traded hank and Kreider years ago."
- All speculation on my end?? Wow. That's some Grade A speculation right there.
I basically did name a GM who has done a better job: Lou Lamoriello. That's not even debatable and I hate that guy.
I know we're all happy about the finals, but I'm not ready to put a statute of Sather outside MSG yet. He's still the guy who's responsible for this:
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Kevin_H I actually would fire Sather right now. This team would be better off in the long term for it. I know we're all feeling great right now because of the finals, but had the Rangers lost Game 5 against Pittsburgh, we'd be calling for his head. Yes, he's made some amazing trades. But his list of offenses is far, far longer.
Think about this: How many potential Cup runs have the Rangers missed out on in the last 14 years due to Sather's incompetence? This one is great. But maybe there would have been three, four, or five? The Devils have done that with far lesser resources.
As for Dolan, there's a salary cap, so his opening his wallet doesn't mean all that much vis a vis most other owners. He's allowed Sather to stay in this job for 14 years despite some of Sather's horrific decisions. That only looks good in comparison to what he's done to the Knicks with his constant meddling. There's a reason why he recently made #3 on the list of worst owners in all sports: http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2014/04/worst-owners-in-sports-list.html
Yea, I have to disagree Kevin. One awesome Stanley Cup run doesn't make up for 14 years of general futility and mismanagement in my book.
Does this run now also make Dolan a great owner? No.
Kevin -- I don't understand your defense of Tortorella here. This team was clearly achieving in spite of him, not because of him. Year after year this team does not score, even strength or on the PP. And that can't be blamed on the players since there has been significant turnover since Torts arrived. Throw in the constant line changing and his acerbic personality and underachieving this year even though Torts got what he waneted (Nash in, Gaborik out, for example) and it was time to go. You give him way too much credit for last year, and way too little for this year's debacle.
What did Torts' "system" really do for Lundqvist anyway? He had to win game after game 1-0 or 2-1. That had to get tiring. I think the system hurt Hank, not vice versa.
1 year, 5 months ago on Players Are Reason For Torts Firing; Richards Healthy Scratch An Organizational Decision
Brooksie is arguing on Twitter that Torts' system is not causing individual Rangers to make terrible plays. True, but I think the system has demoralized the team. It is simply not a coincidence that this team cannot score every year, regardless of the players. Nash was supposed to solve our offensive woes. And he hasn't because he's been plugged into Torts' scoring is death philosophy. No new players or awesome trades is going to solve this problem. Torts has to go.
1 year, 7 months ago on Rangers @ Penguins (Game 27)
If Gaborik is a "poor fit" for this club, then it's the club and Torts that have to change, not Gaborik. This team loses because it can't score enough goals. So is that because Gaborik doesn't play physical enough? Or is it because Torts is so centered on grinding, physical play that his skill guys don't get to utilize their skill? Obviously, it's the latter. 40-goal scorers don't just grow on trees. Are we really going to run this guy out of town because he's not a third-line grinder type like Torts loves? Makes no sense at all.
I'm really starting to believe that this team wins in spite of Torts, and not because of him.
1 year, 7 months ago on Thursday (3/14/13) Headlines
@JoeAntos If we traded Boyle, we're not going to get someone better back. Especially not now with Boyle riding the pine. So at best, trading Boyle gets back someone of equal or lesser talent, and someone who doesn't know Tortorella's system (for better or worse). So it makes more sense just to keep Boyle as a depth guy. The team has seen too much turnover from last year as it is.
1 year, 8 months ago on Benchings "Pissing" Boyle Off
@johnnyb3910 The buddy thing was definitely odd.
1 year, 8 months ago on Full Avery "Off the Record" Interview
At what point do we start asking whether Torts' system is stifling Rangers' talent because it suppresses individuality? Avery was a sparkplug, and Torts drove him out. Nash has arrived, and suddenly he doesn't score and the PP still sucks. Ever notice too how guys like JT Miller and Kreider come up and impress immediately, but the longer they get sucked into Torts' system they start to become invisible? Hagelin used to be a spark plug -- he's invisible now. I truly wonder if it is because he puts so much mental energy into playing how Torts wants him too that he forgets to do the things he's good at. Just a thought. But the Rangers' inability to score can no longer be blamed on a lack of talent. The only constant seems to be Torts. Food for thought.
Pretty good picks but I have to disagree with the fight choice. The Cloutier fight was great b/c it was a goalie fight and against the Islanders, but let's face it -- it wasn't even really a "fight." The essential fight is Domi v. Probert I, where Domi claims the belt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmGDZZdwiM
2 years, 2 months ago on Yahoo! Sports' Series "The Essentials" Covers the Rangers | August
Looks as if Dubi is enjoying his Casino Night as well.
2 years, 8 months ago on TheNYRBlog Readers Enjoy Casino Night | March
I don't understand Sather picking up Scott at all. Sather is irrationally obsessed with huge enforcers: Brashear, Boogaard, and now Scott. Doesn't he watch games? Enforcers are a dying breed, and with good reason -- they can't actually play hockey. And if you can't play, you are only on the ice for, like, five minutes. And with only five minutes of ice time, how can you enforce anything? Say a pest on another team takes liberties with Gaborik. What's Scott going to do? Come on and fight not the pest, but the other team's enforcer? What does that deter? The other enforcer surely doesn't mind fighting, and won't be mad at the pest for causing the fight (and so the pest won't hesitate before taking liberties with Gaborik again next time). The whole thing is so dumb. And it drives me nuts that Sather buys into this.
2 years, 8 months ago on Practice Notes: Callahan Foot Injury; Scott Joins Team; No Lineup Changes | February
The new mask is awesome. I tend to think goalie masks are too busy -- including Hank's. But this one is a little calmer and symetrical, which I like. Love the 30 crown logo. As for Marty, aside from the mental aspect of ditching the brown pads, I think there is something to the "white out" effect. If the pads are mostly white, it's harder for the shooter to see the holes. His new pads should be white with netting painted on them -- they'll blend in perfectly that way. :)
2 years, 8 months ago on Lundqvist Gets New Mask; Biron Ditches Brown Gear | February
Wait--we can still get Nash without giving up MDZ, McD, Kreider, or Miller? Pull the trigger then, Sather. I'm assuming guys like Staal and Stepan aren't even in the conversation and so that's why there's no mention of them. If we can get Nash for Dubi, Thomas, McIlrath, I say DO IT. Sure, I'd love to see McIlrath as a Ranger someday. I'd love to see every prospect make it to MSG. But you have to give up something to get something and Nash is a legit star NOW, while prospects only have a chance to be a Nash (or some other star) someday. I'd gladly take Nash's 27-year old bonafide talent now in exchange for the mere possibility that McIIlrath might be like Jeff Beukeboom in five years (when Hank will already be approaching 35).
2 years, 8 months ago on Next Two Games Will Decide If Rangers Get Nash | February
I'm sorry, I am absolutely not ready to let Sather off the hook because we're having one fantastic year. I am thrilled about what is going on this year with this team. But Sather should be evaluated for the entire body of his work, and two playoff series wins in 11 years says it all. If this great year happened to be buried within Sather's decade of futility, no one would be praising him, so he doesn't deserve it now either. He's responsible for too many boneheaded moves and free agent signings to even count: Trottier, Jessiman, Gomez, Holik, Redden, Drury, and not to mention trading away Graves and Leetch. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/313510-top-10-worst-glen-sather-moves-of-the-past-decade
And why should we praise his so-called ability to delegate to competent people? If he were competent in the first place that "ability" wouldn't be necessary. Why don't we get one of those competent people he delegates to to be the actual GM? Sather has long been an absentee GM benefiting from an absentee owner who could care less about hockey. Fishing, not talking to the media, living off the name he made in Edmonton, signing the big free agents based on reputation and not value, etc.,-- Sather has been a disaster. With competent leadership at the start of Sather's tenure, perhaps this year could have happened 6, 7, or 8 years ago. I'm almost ill that anyone could even think that all of this should now be forgiven because the competent people Sather has delegated to have curbed his worst instincts.
Despite the rant, love the blog Kevin. Keep up the great work!
2 years, 8 months ago on Sather Given an Unnecessarily Hard Time | February
Kev - I think your assessment here is a bit harsh. Del Zotto is just one player; the team is loaded with kids. If they brought in a vet like Souray that could help the youth movement by bringing in a mentor, particularly for the D-men. Plus, being committed to youth doesn't mean the team should keep a guy up who isn't ready. And if MDZ isn't ready and heading back down to the Whale will be the best move long term then that serves the youth movement too.
3 years, 8 months ago on Del Zotto Back to Whale?