Larry Brooks interview with Glen Sather yesterday; I could not help but to wonder the Rangers even bother with this now annual announcement about how things will be different next season. Only the most blindly loyal of New York Ranger fans will believe that the Ranger franchise will change their ways.
“We just weren’t quite good enough over the course of the season. But if we had won that final game, would we have been tough enough to compete in the playoffs the way the Flyers have? Could we be where they are now?
“I think so.”
At first glance it was worthy of a chuckle but what is scary is the possibility that Sather and the Ranger management really believed this then they are truly out of touch with reality. Sorry Glen but even if you had earned a spot in the playoffs to think that the Rangers would be in the Stanley Cup Finals is sad to think.
“We have to get better,” Sather acknowledged. “And the way we’re going to get better is by staying within our organization and giving our prospects the time to grow and the opportunity to play in New York. “This has been a long process, and it’s ongoing, but as we go into this summer, our plan is to keep our own players. I can tell you one thing — we are certainly not going to overpay for free agents. If we can improve with a signing that makes sense, we’ll look into it, but we want to give our guys the first shot.” Sather said that he would like to sign Wisconsin senior defenseman Ryan McDonagh and junior center Derek Stepan. The GM told The Post both players would attend the Blueshirts’ prospects camp the first week of July. “We’d like to get them in and have them earn jobs,” Sather said of the two young Americans. “We’re excited to see whether [Evgeny] Grachev and [Dale] Weise and some of our other kids can earn jobs.
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