GM Sather has blueprint for Rangers future

Glen Sather isn’t big on what ifs. But the temptation to wonder is tantalizing. What if Olli Jokinen had kept it going? What if Henrik Lundqvist had stopped Claude Giroux ?

What if the Rangers rather than the Flyers had won the shootout in Game 82?

(What if the Rangers had selected Giroux 21st overall in the 2006 Entry Draft, one slot ahead of Philadelphia, instead of taking Bobby Sanguinetti? We digress.)

“We can go over and over why we failed to get the one point that would have put us in, we can find a lot of excuses for it, but losing [Ryan] Callahan and [Sean] Avery the last couple of weeks really hurt our forecheck, and not having [Marian] Gaborik at full strength after the Olympics was a major blow for us,” the GM told Slap Shots on Thursday in his first public remarks since the season ended in Philadelphia. “But you know, every team can find excuses why they fell short.

We just weren’t quite good enough over the course of the season. But if we had won that final game, would we have been tough enough to compete in the playoffs the way the Flyers have? Could we be where they are now?

“I think so.”

But the Rangers aren’t in Chicago today, preparing for Game 5 of the Final, two victories away from the Stanley Cup. They’ve been done for weeks, one of 14 teams that didn’t make it to the postseason.

“We have to get better,” Sather acknowledged. “And the way we’re going to get better is by staying within our organization and giving our prospects the time to grow and the opportunity to play in New York.

“This has been a long process, and it’s ongoing, but as we go into this summer, our plan is to keep our own players. I can tell you one thing — we are certainly not going to overpay for free agents. If we can improve with a signing that makes sense, we’ll look into it, but we want to give our guys the first shot.”

Donald Brashear,
one of last summer’s great mistakes, will not get a second shot. The faded enforcer, who has one year remaining at $1.4 million on his over-35 contract, went through waivers and was demoted to Hartford on Feb. 13 after asking for a trade and publicly complaining about his role.

“I told Donald this week that he would not be playing for the Rangers,” Sather told Slap Shots. “After the statements he made, absolutely not; that was the end of it.”

Brashear’s $1.4 million cap hit will remain on the Rangers’ ledger unless they can find a team to trade for him. Sather would not discuss the prospects of finding a dance partner, but that’s going to be an immediate objective.

The Rangers are up against it in cap space. They have approximately $12 million available to sign restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal and Dan Girardi (“Those two guys are part of our core; of course we’re signing them,” Sather said), plus Jody Shelley , Vinny Prospal , Erik Christensen , Brandon Prust , P.A. Parenteau , a seventh defenseman and a credible backup goaltender.

They’ll have an additional $6.5 million available if they waive Wade Redden before the roster cap is recalibrated at the conclusion of training camp.

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4 Responses to GM Sather has blueprint for Rangers future

  1. number15 says:

    What if pigs could fly, what if 2+2= 1, what if…. what if…… what if

    get my point?

  2. pezzz123 says:

    To New York : Brian Campbell, Cristobal Huet, Kris Versteeg

    To Chicago : Michal Roszival

    New York can bury Redden, and Chicago buys out Roszival (1.3 million per year for 4 years). New York also buries Huet. They get a top puck-mover in Brian Campbell to add some offense from the back-end. They also get Versteeg to play in their top 6 and keep their sick PK. Chicago frees up close to 15 million in the process. NY adds 5 million in cap hit, but this will be absorbed with Redden riding the bus in Hartford.

  3. trueblue says:

    To NY:    Cambell, Huet, Sharp …. total cap hit $16.665 million

    To CHI:  Redden, Roszival, Sanguinetti, Christenson … with Christenson resigning from $1 million to as much as $1.5 million the total cap hit is between $12.5million to $13million

    Chicago saves about $4 million that they need to put toward Niemi's contract and they get a blue chip quarterback defenseman prospect plus a young center already capable of producing and even more so as he matures.

    New York gets rid of Redden and Roszival, they add an overpriced #1 goaltender to back up The King and take over if needed…. the prize however is Sharp who can play the wing or center just like the older veteran Prospal who is an UFA that can be given best blessings…

  4. trueblue says:

    I wouldn't do that though if i were Sather….

    I would sign Staal, Girardi, and Baranka before the draft

    At the draft i would try to get B Connollly with the 10th pick if he slips cause of his injury…. and if Tarasenko slips cause of beliefs in complications on getting him over here or his willingness, then i would trade Gilroy for a midround 1st and snag this kid…. also i would deal Roszival to Anaheim for a 2nd rounder… they may need a steady two way defender capable of logging big minutes since it doesnt seem like Neidermeyer will be returning… i would deal Lisin for a 3rd rounder to whoever wants a young winger who could still pan out

    Id trade Sanguinetti, Christenson, and our 2nd rounder (40th overall) to Chicago for Patrick Sharp

    Id resign Prust, Shelley, and Auld and try to trade Brashear…if he cant be dealt than send him down and eat the 1.4 million for 1 year…

    Redden will have to be kept for now

    the team would open as follows:

    Sharp           Dubinsky       Gaborik
    Avery            Drury            Callahan
    Byers            Anisimov       Prust
    Voros            Boyle            Shelley

    And in addition to bringing up Byers i would bring up Dupont to fill in on the 4th line….  Id m ake sure Gratchev and Weiss got a look thruout the year as well

    The D:

    Staal            Girardi
    Del Zotto      Baranka
    Redden        McDonough

    Give Sauer a look thruout the season as well

    Goal:

    Hank
    Auld

    Try to make a midseason deal that unloads Redden…
    I like Redden and some minor prospects for Jovanovski

    Our team overall will be much tougher and younger

    Easier said then done though, but i believe a lot of this is realistic

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