Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Another Wasted Summer For Rangers

About halfway through July and a little less than two months until the New York Rangers take to the ice for training camp and I can classify this summer as a failure for Rangers GM Glen Sather. Let's take a look at what the team has done so far.

The Blueshirts inked oft-injured Marian Gaborik to a five-year contract worth $37.5 million. They also signed marginal forward Ales Kotalik for three years at three million dollars per. Just this morning New York traded 23-year-old Lori Korpikoski to Phoenix. Why? Because of rumors he would go play in Russia? Maybe he was interested in playing in the KHL because he knew the Rangers wouldn't give him a legit shot at taking a regular shift and getting some meaningful ice time. Thirteen players have been jettisoned from the roster since John Tortorella took over as the head coach, while Nik Zherdev will become the 14th after the Rangers allow him to become an unrestricted free agent following his arbitration hearing next month.

Turnover doesn’t produce champions. Not having a plan doesn’t produce champions. Signing free agents that are huge gambles has shown nothing for the Rangers. Yet this tiresome song continues year after year. Glen Sather, for some unknown reason, can do whatever he wants and is never held responsible by ownership.

Just when I thought last summer's ineptitude was bad, "The Savior" tops himself.

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