by Patrick Hoffman on 02/15/11 at 11:03 AM ET
With the NHL trade deadline right around the corner, one must wonder what New York Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather has up his sleeves, if anything.
Sather already mentioned that he does not want to give up a significant piece of the puzzle to Arthur Staple of Newsday:
Every team has issues, every team has ebbs and flows,” Sather said. “You can’t start panicking about all the things that happen.
“I think we can compete [in the playoffs]. It doesn’t mean we’re going to do anything [at the deadline] or not do anything. The whole goal this season has been to keep these young guys going as well as they can, to create a team that takes some ownership in itself. It took us a while to get to that stage, but we’re getting there.”
For Rangers’ fans, this is definitely reassuring news as no one would like to see the likes of a Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov or Mats Zuccarello get moved for a veteran that might just be a rental.
With that said, Sather must somehow try and address what the team needs the most: a defenseman that can contribute offensively on the power play. Rumors have lined the likes of Bryan McCabe, Joni Pitkanen, Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Wideman but right now, those are just rumors and mmay not come to fruition.
There is still time for the Sather and the Rangers to figure out what they need the most to make their team better but know that this is a different Sather at the helm. This Sather will not be willing to part with younger players as he finally understands that they are the team’s future for better or worse.
So, what will Sather do?
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