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Sather Still Has Work to Do

In the Jim Cerny article I pointed out to you folks earlier today, New York Rangers’ General Manager says that the team is still working to improve themselves.

While that is refreshing to hear, what has Sather really done to improve the Blueshirts besides get a qualified back-up goaltender and re-sign Vinny Prospal and Dan Girardi? Not too much, right?

Obviously, Blueshirt fans are tired of having Sather over-pay high-priced free agents who turn into nothing once they hit New York (a.k.a. Wade Redden). Yet, Sather goes out and over-pays, at least in my opinion, for a guy like Derek Boogaard.

There is no doubt in my mind that Boogaard will provide some much needed toughness and will get the crowd pumped up. However, it would appear that Sather is paying him the money of a solid point producer, something that Boogaard is clearly not.

There is no doubt in my mind that Boogaard will provide some much needed toughness and will get the crowd pumped up. However, it would appear that Sather is paying him the money of a solid point producer, something that Boogaard is clearly not.

Right now, Sather needs to do the following things. The first thing he needs to do is get Marc Staal in the fold for the next three to five years. Staal has been the team’s best defenseman over the past three seasons and deserves to be treated like one. Sather acknowledged in the article that there is no need to worry about Staal and that he will be a Blueshirt. So for now, let’s assume that gets done.

Secondly, Redden needs to go. Sather needs to admit that he made a mistake and move on by demoting Redden to the minors. He’s been a big waste of money ever since he’s come to NY and is one of the reasons why many NHL fans out there do not respect Sather.

Lastly, this team still needs to find a way to produce some goal scorers. Marian Gaborik cannot carry the load himself again this season and clearly needs help. While Erik Christensen proved that he could put up points and play well, I do not think he’s a first line caliber player that can be relied on to put the puck in the net.

There’s still a lot that needs to be done and Ranger fans can only hope that Sather will come through on his words.

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scotts0's avatar

I thought I was crazy when i thought I was reading the same paragraph twice, then I realized I wasn’t crazy…

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 07/20/10 at 08:48 PM ET

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