With the end of rumors that just fired John Tortorella is not going to take over as Ranger head coach sadly the renewal of attacks upon Tom Renney and Glen Sather are starting back up again.
We have never been fans of Glen Sather's hiring if one goes back to our days over at Ranger's Fan Central. We took a ton of flak because we opposed the hiring of Sather back then as we wanted new thinking and fresh people.
We were proven right as Sather as both GM and coach during his first 4 seasons did a poor job as the Rangers sunk further and further into the ground. We have heard if not for the NHL lockout and salary cap that the Rangers would never have changed.
If it is true then no matter what caused Sather to change his ways; Sather did and the Rangers are in much better shape today than they were when Sather took over. We do not in any way shape or form absolve Sather from the screwups of his his 4 seasons in charge but we will give credit where it is due.
People trashed Glen Sather for only hiring from within his "inner circle" and until Tom Renney and Jim Schoenfeld came along it was all too very true. Those days are in the past as the current Ranger management team has very little in common with Sather's days in Edmonton.
If anything one can make a case that the Rangers are more run by the folks from Hockey Canada these days.
We used to call the Sather Inner Circle the "Edmonton Oilers Old Cronies Club" (or as we called it the EOOCC ) and there is no doubt for the first few years of the Sather Ranger era that those accusations were all so very true.
That is no longer the case with the Rangers as Jim Schoenfeld (out of hockey) has no EOOCC connections nor do Tom Renney (Hockey Canada), Perry Pearn (Hockey Canada), Mike Pelino Hockey Canada), Jim Hammett (Hockey Canada), Gord Clark (Islanders or Cameron Hope.
As one can see that the days of the EOOCC are gone and if anything the truth is that the new group are the ones who are doing most of the work with the Rangers. There are no more out of work pals of Sathers working as Ranger scouts like there used to be.
The days when Ron Low or Harry Howell were doing selective scouting are over. Whether it was to give someone a job or in the case of Low to finish out his contract after getting fired no longer happen.
When you look at the list of who is scouting for the Rangers, who is coaching at Hartford or who is working in the front office it is as if Sather is the outsider. If you look and demand that Sather get rid of anyone with an Oiler legacy then the only one person who played for Sather and that is Adam Graves.
Now who among Ranger fans wants to see Adam Graves fired? We did not think anyone did either so we can forget that idea. The truth whether you like to acknowledge it or not is that Sather is really not as powerful as he used to be.
Cameron Hope is the one who works out the contracts, Jim Schoenfeld talks the trades and runs Hartford. Gord Clark handles player development and the scouting departments while Tom Renney is coaching the team with his system not Sathers.
Sure we hear Sather's name as he is the one who supposedly is calling all the shots, Sather decides this or Sather decides that and maybe he still has a major say in which free agents are signed.
But that we believe is it as the drafts are run by Schoenfeld and Clark, the contracts as we said by Hope and Renney decides who makes the roster and who does not.
Sather is the public face of the Ranger's front office and let him remain that way as it keeps the focus (and blame) on Sather which lets everyone else do their jobs in peace. The Rangers are already set for when Sather leaves which is a good thing if you dislike Sather.
There is one thing though that people may not realize and that is for whatever reason, Glen Sather does inspire a lot of loyalty by those members of the old EOOCC. Whenever we run into one of Sather's "disciples" they are quick to defend Sather while at the same time giving him credit for helping them in his career.
But like Sather or not the one thing we are going to have to say in his credit is that the Rangers are finally in way better shape than they were when Sather took over.
Sather it seems is going to have the last laugh on Ranger fans when all is said and done.
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