posted on Feb, 25 2004 @ 09:05 AM
New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather is stepping down as the team's head coach, according to a published report.
The New York Post is reporting that Sather came to the decision after a meeting Tuesday with Madison Square Garden CEO Jim Dolan.
Sather will remain president and GM but the coaching duties will most likely be assumed by assistants Tom Renney or Terry O'Reilly. There is also the
possibility that Jim Schoenfeld, currently the bench boss for the Hartford Wolfpack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, will be asked to
take over behind the bench.
Sather came to New York with an impressive resume, but his tenure with the Rangers has been shaky at best. The team has not made the playoffs in any
of the four years since Sather became the GM, and is on the verge of failing to qualify for the postseason for the seventh straight season. Over the
past few weeks Rangers fans have showered the team executive with incessant "Fire Sather" chants.
The Rangers are currently in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with a 22-29-7-4 record, placing them 14 points behind the Islanders for the eighth
and final playoff berth.