According to a exclusive report from New York Post’s Larry Brooks, Rangers GM Glen Sather is uncertain about returning as team general manager.
Asked whether he would be returning for his 16th year as GM, or whether he had yet to make that decision, Sather replied: “Sorry, I don’t have anything to tell you.”
It was an email between Brooks and Sather regarding his future. The 71-year old just completed his 15th year as Rangers GM. He denied the Bruins and Maple Leafs interview requests for assistant general manager Jeff Gorton who has been with the organization the last four years. If Sather decides to move upstairs and become the full-time President, Gorton would be the number one candidate to replace him in the day-to-day operations.
Sather is one of three candidates nominated for General Manager Of The Year along with Tampa’s Steve Yzerman and Anaheim’s Bob Murray. Despite the team falling short a second consecutive year of winning the Stanley Cup, Slats has put together a good roster. Built around Henrik Lundqvist along with core members Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard, the Blueshirts boast a bright future thanks to graduating prospects J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast.
Slats also added Keith Yandle to bolster the blueline at the deadline risking top prospect Anthony Duclair and more draft picks. That’s how he’s gone about it. With the window still open for Lundqvist and the team to win a Cup, he’s gambled rolling the dice by dealing Ryan Callahan and two first round picks for Martin St. Louis and a second round pick now that the Bolts have made the Stanley Cup Final. Unfortunately, it came at the Rangers’ expense after they reached it last year. Things changed dramatically with St. Louis not the same only recording one goal and six assists. He’s unlikely to re-sign.
Of course, Sather also made a bad decision letting valuable defenseman Anton Stralman leave for Tampa for the same cost he signed aging vet Dan Boyle for. Boyle did perform in the postseason after a tough regular season but he has a year left while the younger Stralman is a fixture on the Bolts’ top pair with Victor Hedman. Slats also watched Brian Boyle go to Tampa and replaced him with Tanner Glass, who scored one goal. Even with a more inspired postseason, he had one assist and is signed another two years. Alain Vigneault gets blame too for that one.
Sather did make two good moves at the deadline sending Duclair to the Coyotes with John Moore and a 2016 first round pick and 2015 second round pick for Yandle while also parting with a fourth rounder to Minnesota for James Sheppard. If only Vigneault had dressed Sheppard for Game 7. But he opted for Matt Hunwick due to Ryan McDonagh’s broken foot going with seven defensemen and playing Glass instead after Sheppard scored a big goal in Game 6. The unrestricted free agent will probably leave due to limited cap space.
The offseason will be focused on locking up Derek Stepan and re-signing key restricted’s Carl Hagelin, Miller and Fast. Sather also gets credit for signing backup Cam Talbot for another year. Talbot was largely responsible for the Blueshirts winning the President’s Trophy. He is good trade bait. Though it’s advisable to retain him so Lundqvist isn’t overworked. Talbot could be dealt next March. That largely depends on what happens.