When Glen Sather was the GM/coach in Edmonton he captured 5 Stanley Cups and created one of the greatest dynasties the sports world had ever seen. He was the hockey maven. He came to New York in 2000 and little success was found.
Before the lockout in 2005 the Rangers drafting (with the exception of a few gems) was terrible, there were no good coaches hired, they kept over-spending on washed up superstars, and they were a bad hockey team. Glen Sather was running a nightmare on Broadway until the 2006 season. Finally, the Rangers had a decent group of players and a good young goalie that ended their playoff drought.
After that season the Rangers built the team up all the way to the 2007 off-season where they were expected to win the Stanley Cup by acquiring Chris Drury and Scott Gomez in the off-season. That experiment did not work as they parted ways with both of those players and their head coach as well. Then John Tortorella came onto the scene. As the Rangers drafting got better and better the team continued to grow into a blue-collared team under Tortorella.
The team over-achieved and peaked in the 2011-2012 season. With a great defensive system, Henrik Lundqvist, and timely goal scoring, the Rangers made it the farthest they had since the ’97 season. Another work stoppage took place delaying the start of the 2012-2013 season to January 19th, 2013. The Rangers got Rick Nash from Columbus and once again (like 2008) were expected to win the Stanley Cup. They did not achieve that goal, losing to the Bruins in 5 games in the semi-finals. They had a coach who was stubborn and could not change on the fly and Sather made a very gutsy decision to fire Tortorella. This was by all means the right decision.
As I have said numerously the Rangers could not afford to play his system another season and let a potential championship roster go to waste. Sather made the right choice. So here we are. After 13 years of Glen Sather’s tenure. After 13 years of mistakes and not being able to get the job done the Rangers are in one heck of a spot to capture the Stanley Cup in the near future. And not many people know or think that they are that close. But in reality they are.
They have the best goalie in the world, a good solid defensive group when healthy, and an offense that just needs their talent to be unlocked. In order for them to achieve their goal Glen Sather must, MUST hire the right man to use these players the right way. I believe the coach to be had is Alain Vigneault. He is exactly what the Rangers need.
Even if he is not the answer Sather must bring in a coach who can bring the team to the next level. After all of his early mistakes, Glen Sather has constructed a line-up that could win the Cup if the right guy helps the players reach their full talent. Glen Sather must finish the job he has done and get his first Stanley Cup on Broadway.