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Sather Knows How To Move Bad Contracts

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Sather is now reviled – for his managing, not his personality – by many in New York. So much so that “Fire Sather” chants at Madison Square Garden are not uncommon and there was even a ‘Fire Sather’ rally staged outside MSG last March.

The decisions his haters point to other than bad signings include a revolving door of coaches; the selection of Hugh Jessiman 12th overall in 2003 – the only first-rounder from that year who has yet to play an NHL game and those chosen later in Round 1 include 2010 Olympians Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards and Corey Perry; and trading away fan favorites Adam Graves and Brian Leetch.

But for all his perceived faults, you have to give Sather credit for at least one thing: he’s sly as a fox when it comes to divesting himself of bad contracts.


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NHL.fanhouse.com posted a top-five worst Sather signings Wednesday and there are some bad ones….see anything in common? None are still Rangers; all were traded or otherwise taken off the books.

Great logic.  None are still Rangers.  Oh, by the way, two of them are off the books because their contracts expired, but when before they expired, one of them was demoted, with the Rangers paying for them to play in another league and the other had his contract bought out, meaning they paid him while he played for the Thrashers.

They’ll end up having paid Redden, Holik and Kasparaitus almost as much to not play in the NHL as the Isles will pay their entire roster this year.

They’re also paying Wade Redden $20M to play in the AHL.

So yeah, he was able to unload Gomez’ contract and Brashear’s.

Genius!  Pure genius.

Posted by Garth on 09/30/10 at 03:40 PM ET

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I wish I could get credit for correcting my own mistakes which results in a net gain of zero. Look, see, I’m no worse than when I started isn’t that a plus? For that matter look how brilliant the Oilers are for demoting Souray, where can I sign up to get some of that cap management?

As a fan I’m offended that they’re paying such high prices for minor leaguers since it drives up ticket prices and I’m stuck with the bill for Sather’s genius.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/30/10 at 03:50 PM ET

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So yeah, he was able to unload Gomez’ contract and Brashear’s.

Hello Derek Boogaard and four years of 1.625 million.

Posted by NathanBC on 09/30/10 at 03:52 PM ET

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Laughable considering Sather SIGNED those guys to their outrageous pacts.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 09/30/10 at 03:58 PM ET

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Complimenting Sather for following the Blackhawks blueprint with Huet?  Yeah, he’s a genius.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 09/30/10 at 05:31 PM ET

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He would have been fired any where else.  I dont think he even lives in New York. He’s lucky he has Dolan’s nit wit son running the Garden.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/30/10 at 08:45 PM ET

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