posted on Feb, 25 2004 @ 09:35 PM
Originally posted by Ben
whos the new coach?
New York Rangers coach/general manager Glen Sather stepping down as coach Wednesday was certainly a long time coming -- and not unexpected. Sather has
done a poor job as a general manager and a worse job as coach. Retreating to the general manager's office to try to address the bulk of those mistakes
is the only way Sather can -- despite the public pronouncements of management to the contrary -- hope to keep from having both titles ripped from his
The team that Sather built -- some say bought -- is heading for a seventh consecutive playoff miss
. It plays like a team that doesn't care
about that or pretty much anything else, and in New York, that won't play. It's not just the media that are clamoring for change; the fans want it
too. And when those two align with the demand of advertisers, sponsors and the needs of the monster cable network that is MSG, Sather can only hope
he's not out the door come season's end or sooner.
In naming Tom Renney
, a talented and knowledgeable assistant, to fill the void, it's likely the Rangers' organization is going to take some
time to evaluate the state of the franchise and Sather's role in it. Sather isn't responsible for all seven misses, but, to varying degrees, he is
responsible for the last three -- and he's totally responsible for the one coming up.
He has built a team that is talented but does not perform, a team that is paid well but does not work hard. Despite the fact that Sather has made
changes in goal, in the forward ranks and on defense, he has a team that does not win and does not even work hard enough to pretend that it wants to
win. Worse, for him at least, is that it is his team. In most cities, that would be unacceptable. Even in New York, it appears to be getting close to