by Patrick Hoffman on 06/06/10 at 12:46 PM ET
Earlier this morning, Paul linked to an artcile penned by Larry Brooks describing Sather’s master plan for the Blueshirts.
In my mind, this was the understatement of the century:
“We just weren’t quite good enough over the course of the season…”
THAT is why the Blueshirts didn’t make the playoffs. Yes, they lost in the pivotal shootout against the Flyers in the last game of the season but that is not why this team didn’t qualify for the postseason.
They struggled to score goals, they were inconsistent, they relied too much on Gaborik and Lundqvist and they were one of the worst teams in the league during the second half of the season.
Here’s another obvious statement from the Rangers’ GM:
“We have to get better,” Sather acknowledged. “And the way we’re going to get better is by staying within our organization and giving our prospects the time to grow and the opportunity to play in New York…”
I would love to believe that Sather wants to stay within the organization and give the prospects a chance to grow. However, he said that before last season and head coach John Tortorella did not seem to allow that plan to work through, which is unfortunate because the team has a lot of prospects that could turn out to be solid NHLers.
However, it was nice to read that Brashear will not be a Blueshirt this season - something that should have never happened in the first place:
Donald Brashear, one of last summer’s great mistakes, will not get a second shot. The faded enforcer, who has one year remaining at $1.4 million on his over-35 contract, went through waivers and was demoted to Hartford on Feb. 13 after asking for a trade and publicly complaining about his role.
“I told Donald this week that he would not be playing for the Rangers,” Sather told Slap Shots. “After the statements he made, absolutely not; that was the end of it.”
Brashear’s $1.4 million cap hit will remain on the Rangers’ ledger unless they can find a team to trade for him. Sather would not discuss the prospects of finding a dance partner, but that’s going to be an immediate objective.
In my opinion, and I’m sure many others, Brashear was not a good signing for the Blueshirts. The team should have done everything it could to keep a guy like Blair Betts rather than sign a goon like, Brashear. Did he really make the Rangers a tougher team to play against? I think not.
And again, it’s clear that the team, its coach and its general manager all relied too much on Gabby:
“We just didn’t have enough last year, and certainly after the Olympics, Gaborik — our best player — was just a shadow of himself. He just didn’t have the explosiveness or speed…”
While the statement above is certainly true, there are others player on the team that needed to step up and provide some offense on a consistent basis. Simply put, they didn’t.
Again, Sather makes a lot of obvious statements in this piece. Now it’s time to do something about it.
The question is - will he?
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