Glen Sather spent wheel barrels of bad money on the likes of
Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Brad Richards, just to name a few.
But, there was no money for Ryan Callahan or Carl Hagelin...
NEW YORK RANGERS: Glen Sather didn't step aside soon enough. Why can't he just leave, and hand off the team's remaining assets to Jeff Gorton already; please!
It's high time Glen Sather hastened his decision to step away from the office of general manager. Every day he further delays his decision is a detriment to the team and to the mental well being of Rangers fans.
If trading Carl Hagelin was indeed a cap move, (which is was), then who maxed out the cap in the first place? Hagelin now joins Ryan Callahan as former Rangers Glen Sather couldn't afford.
That's irritating considering all the bad money he's thrown around.
I wasn't averse to trading Hagelin. He never did maximize his potential here. He's fast and young, and had opportunities under two different coaches with differing styles to get his game figured out. He needed to become more than just a PK specialist, and didn't. It seemed as if he wasn't scoring on a breakaway, his offensive game remained relatively inconsequential.
Fact is, the Rangers were in need of so much more from Hagelin, or in return from this trade, but walk away from this seemingly empty handed (outside of saving a few bucks). I have a big problem when the player received in return isn't nearly as good, which is exactly what the Rangers are getting in Emerson Etem - a lesser player. Suffice to say, Glen Sather far from maximized Hagelin's worth.
On another note, trading Hagelin is also an admission by the front office that the team needs to get bigger and tougher.
My same dissatisfaction applies for the trading of Cam Talbot.
Once again, I was not averse to trading Talbot. The Rangers had a hot commodity.
Clearly, something needed to be done. The Rangers went without a #1 and #2 pick in the 2013 draft, and were without a #1 pick last year.
I wonder who created that situation...
So, Sather traded Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers for the 57th, 79th, and 184th picks of the recent draft. Very simply, Glen Sather got ripped off. After reading around, the common sentiment is that Sather overplayed his hand, and blew it.
By his own semi-admission, it's time, then, for him to finally step down as general manager of the New York Rangers.
His tenure started horribly, and ended well. That's fair, so let's leave it at that, because the next thing I'll say is the team just took a step backwards.
2015 Draft Selections:
#41 Ryan Gropp-W
#62 Robin Kovacs-W
#79 Sergey Zborovskiy-D
#89 Aleksi Saarela-C
#113 Brad Morrison-C
#119 Daniel Bernhardt-W
#184 Adam Huska-G