Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/30/10 at 02:14 PM ET
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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