by Patrick Hoffman on 07/22/10 at 10:57 PM ET
Earlier today, our fearless leader posted a quote from New York Rangers’ General Manager Glen Sather that basically said that he wants the organization to develop its own players and insert them into the lineup on a regular basis.
Well, this is something that Sather has been saying for awhile as well as something that Blueshirt fans have been clamoring for for years. However, the team has yet to really implement this kind of system and this is why Ranger fans will continue to doubt Sather when it comes to the club’s young players.
Yes, it’s been incredibly refreshing on how open Sather has been this off-season as he’s talked about the team’s wants and needs, its prospects, the draft, etc. Again though, it would appear that Sather is banging the same drum and producing the same tune, which could lead to unhappy fans.
This quote, the one that Paul pointed out earlier, is what drives Blueshirt fans crazy:
“Our goal has always been to try and develop our own players to build a core group of players that are going to grow up together,” said team President and General Manager Glen Sather. “It takes time to develop players, and it takes time for them to develop into National Hockey League players. But there are some kids that are really starting to come in the right direction now.”
What Sather says here is great and sounds extremely promising. Every other team in the National Hockey League is getting younger and is not afraid to give their kids a chance to play. Sure, they’ll run into some bumps here and there but in the end, it will be well worth it.
Just look at how far teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Chicago Blackhawks have come. They struggled for awhile but now, they’re at the top of the NHL and have youngsters that can score goals, dish out big hits, make big players and be key contributors in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That’s what it is all about, right?
Well, not for the Blueshirts. Sure, the team will call up one or a few of its youngsters for a game or two but the player will hardly see enough ice time to contribute. By doing this, the team could be setting up its own prospects for failure.
It’s time for Sather to step up and stay true to his word. It’s time for Sather/John Tortorella to give their youngsters a chance to play in all situations and give them an opportunity to contribute on a consistent basis.
If Sather can do this, he may actually have some respect coming his way from people that you would least think would show it: Ranger fans.
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