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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This wasn’t about the state of the rebuild. This was about the state of the Rangers union. And Jim Dolan, the Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp., was not comfortable with it. So he acted. Decisively.

“I saw a weakness in the team that was not being addressed and I knew it needed to be,” Dolan told The Post during a telephone interview on Thursday in explaining why he dismissed president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton. “I knew that we were missing a key component to us being a Stanley Cup contender.

“And that is the overall spirit and culture that goes with being a team. I believe that as good of a job as JD and Jeff have done, in speaking with them, it is clear to me that Chris Drury was going to be the right guy to lead the team forward.”

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from Neil Best of Newsday,

On the surface, having "Slats," now 77, join Drury to discuss the next phase of The Process made sense. His role is no secret, having been included in the first paragraph of the news release about the management shake-up:

"Senior Advisor Glen Sather will work with Drury during this transition and continue to consult with the team."

But still. Sather did not do many interviews when he was the team’s GM and president, and here he was, two years since transitioning into a presumed semi-retirement.

All of which naturally leads to palace intrigue over precisely what went down in this week’s shocking makeover.

Did Sather whisper displeasure with the direction of the team into the ear of MSG Sports executive chairman James Dolan? Did he merely confirm Dolan’s sense a change was needed? Did he have nothing to do with it?

None of that was settled by Thursday’s interview, but Sather did have an interesting answer when I asked him to detail the extent and nature of his current role.

He said that since assuming it, he has sought "to be available to anybody within the organization that I can help, and that’s exactly what I’ve been trying to do — try to make the team better. And if Jim asks me a question, I give him an honest answer, the same as I did with Jeff or J.D. or Chris.

"I’m not there to tell anybody what to do. I’m there to help them make a decision or counsel them to look somewhere else for an answer. I’ve been around this league for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of certain things that I like and that I don’t like, and I have an opinion on them. When somebody asks me, I’ll share it with them."

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The excuse for firing them now seems to be “they simply didn’t have enough grit on the team”. That’s just silly. Frankly, that is one of the easiest things to do and I’m certain Davidson and Gorton were well aware it would have to be addressed at some point if the team was going to compete for a Cup. They were just more focused on getting the team more youth and skill first which they did through smart moves and luck. There really is no point in getting those last complementary players until the rest of the roster has settled.

One could argue they should have done it last offseason or at this year’s trade deadline but I think management was still wondering how set the rest of the team was, especially in goal.

This has to be one of the worst firings I’ve seen. But, it might go fairly unnoticed because now the pieces should be in place to make the team fairly successful for years to come.  Drury has few tough decisions to make and has cap space to work with. Adding the right veteran grit will be a simple task compare to what Davidson and Gorton did.

Posted by evileye on 05/10/21 at 02:48 PM ET

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