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What’s Next?

Many Ranger fans are wondering the same thing that I am: what will GM Glen Sather do next to help make this a better hockey team?

At this point, and may be every other point for that matter, it’s tough to read Sather. Sather will say all the right things to the press and the things he says make sense as he mentions giving the prospects a chance to play and trying to grow the team from within.

With that being said, he does things to the contrary and goes out and signs deals that don’t make too much sense, a.k.a Derek Boogaard. Yes, I know that Boogaard was not signed to put pucks in the net but the amount of money and years for a third/fourth line player do not make sense to me.

One thing all Ranger fans that Sather must do is find a way to get rid of defenseman Wade Redden. Sather needs to admit that he made a mistake and move on whethere that’s finding a way to trade him or even demote him to the Hartford Wolf Pack. If Sather can do that, in their heart, Ranger fans may find a way to forgive him for that.

Sather also needs to find a way to add offense to this team because as of right now, players such as Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal, Brandon Dubinsky, and Erik Christen cannot be relied on to score all the goals. Yes, it’s nice to have them score goals why guys like Callahan, Avery, Anisimov and others find a way to chip in. With that said though, this team needs to find a way to get a sniper.

For the amount of money he’s asking, I’m not quite sure that a guy like Illya Kovalchuk would be the answer. I know, I know, by not signing someone like him, the team would losing a guy that I am clamoring for in this blog. However, the amount of money he is asking for is ludacris and for a player that has not won a playoff round at the NHL level, not worth it in my mind.

What do you folks think this team needs to do next?

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  Tags: artem+anisimov, brandon+dubinsky, erik+christensen, glen+sather, illya+kovalchuk, marian+gaborik, new+york+rangers, ryan+callahan, sean+avery, vinny+prospal

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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