Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/14 at 06:08 PM ET
from Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News,
The fans should be chanting, "Fire Sather," who is of course un-fire-able. This is an old song by now, but still a good one to reprise. During the nearly 14 years that Sather has steered the Rangers through their poor-to-mediocre-to-vaguely-promising stages, James Dolan has gone through six general managers/presidents of the Knicks.
The Rangers have not reached the Stanley Cup finals during that span, and Sather's biggest name acquisitions have flopped terribly for one reason or another. Before the NHL installed a hard salary cap, Sather could at least throw money at his own mistakes. Now he is pinned up against the payroll ceiling with Nash's $7.8 million-per-year cap hit after trading three character players and a first-round draft pick for the forward.
Fans will have plenty more seasons to boo Nash, because he is untradeable. But before doing so, they probably should think a little harder next time about who is really at fault here. Is it the big winger who is trying his best? Or is it the Garden executive who is paid to know which players will thrive in New York?
Sather's big-money, small-return list goes on and on… Scott Gomez, Bobby Holik, Wade Redden, Chris Drury, Eric Lindros… He has fared much better with draft picks, but then routinely sabotages himself with these headline-grabbing moves.
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