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Craig Custance asked Jeff Gorton where he thinks he will be different as a General Manager than Glen Sather. (ESPN Insider)

He said that Sather is someone who "likes to make decisions fairly quickly" and not let things "simmer." (ESPN Insider)

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Glen Sather is part of the Rangers brain trust in Traverse City watching the team's prospects play. (ESPN Insider)

Sather is there with Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark and SVP Jim Schoenfeld. (ESPN Insider)

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Kevin Lowe was on Edmonton radio recently and spoke about Glen Sather and the Oilers announcement that they will finally be raising a banner for him:

Lowe said (TSN1260):

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Don Baizley, a player agent, told a story in Behind The Moves about an arbitration hearing he had with Glen Sather about former Oiler and Ranger Jari Kurri.

Baizley said, "Jari Kurri and I went to salary arbitration with Glen Sather and the Oilers twice and we lost both times. The first time it was a very primitive and informal process. It was Glen and me with the arbitrator in a hotel room and I filed what I would call a lawyers brief and Glen had almost done it on napkins. To our astonishment, not only did we lose the arbitration, but Jari was awarded the exact salary that Glen had proposed."

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7/24/15 | 9:39AM: In the book Behind the Moves, Glen Sather spoke about the arbitration process.

Sather said, "what started in the middle 1980s was that managers started to get bamboozled by agents, and arbitrators got involved in this thing and decided that you can be on the worst team in the league and make the same money as the guy who is on the best team because your stats are basically the same. But there is no correlation between the best team and the worst team, because you play under entirely different conditions."

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The Edmonton Oilers will honor their former Coach/GM and current Rangers President Glen Sather when the Rangers visit Edmonton on December 11.

Sather will have a banner raised at Rexall Place in Edmonton and join former Ranger/Oilers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Jari Kurri.

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During TSN's Free Agency show, Marty Biron spoke about his time with the Rangers and his relationship with President Glen Sather.

 

 

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Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton are conducting a conference call right now to discuss Sather stepping down as GM and Gorton replacing him:

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Glen Sather is going to step down as GM of the Rangers and Jeff Gorton will replace him. (Brooks)

Sather will remain as President.

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Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton spoke with the media yesterday following the draft which is something that Rangers GM Glen Sather normally does.

In early June Sather confirmed that he was undecided about whether he would continue on in his role as GM.

Larry Brooks wrote on Sunday that it would have been nice of Sather to provide some clarity on both his future as well as the future of the team. (NY Post)

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Steve Yzerman has won the 2015 GM of the year award.

Rangers President and GM Glen Sather was nominated for the award this year.

Sather finished second in the voting with 7 first place votes, 3 second place votes and 5 third place votes.

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6/18/15 | 6:36PM: On TSN1050, Darren Dreger was asked if he thought Sather would ultimately step down and said "That is what I think will happen at some point in the offseason, not before the draft. I don't think Slats gets pushed out, but he is going to be 73 or something in September and his time has come and gone and there is considerable interest in Jeff Gorton and it's his time and opportunity and the Rangers might follow what Lou and the Devils did with Ray Shero."

6/14/15 | 8:39AM:Larry Brooks writes that everything is pointing to Rangers management staying as is through at least the draft and July 1. (NY Post)

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Former Ranger Matthew Barnaby was on Sportsnet 590 this morning and said that the worst GM he ever played for was Glen Sather.

Asked why, Barnaby said "spent $12 billion on Bobby Holik. That is a lot of money....Our payroll back in 01 to 04, $85 million dollars. That is 15 years ago. We didn't make the playoffs. Think of that, Bobby Holik, Scott Gomez...one of the great guys, a smart intellectual guy."

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6/6/15 |1:41PM:? Darren Dreger said on the NHL Network, ?He hasn?t determined which direction but many around the Rangers feel that Sather will steal a page from Lou Lamoniello and he will remain with the Rangers as the President and make room for Jeff Gorton to officially take over the GM duties. Nothing official but a ton of speculation swirling around the Rangers." (KK)

8:37AM: It was reported yesterday that for the first time Glen Sather is undecided about whether he will continue on in his role of General Manager.

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6/5/15 | 5:15PM: Bob McKenzie said on TSN1050 that it "sounds that way" in regards to Gorton becoming the next GM of the Rangers. He said that the Rangers don't want to lose him and that he could ascend to that position "sooner than later."

1:53PM: Glen Sather is currently undecided about continuing on as GM of the Rangers. (NY Post)

Sather has a "lifetime" contract with the Rangers and Garden CEO James Dolan and could step down as GM but retain his title as President. (NY Post)

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Glen Sather has been nominated, along with Steve Yzerman of Tampa and Bob Murray of the Ducks, for the GM of the Year Award. (Staple)

From the NHL "Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs."

Sather has been the Rangers GM since 2000.

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Glen Sather met with the media following the trade deadline (via SNY's Doug Williams)

  • Any questions, (laughs)..."no, thanks"
  • On trading picks, "I don't think we have given anything away. The players we have added are terrific assets to the team. We got to the Conference Finals last year with the deal that we made. I can't predict where we will end up this year, but this guy is a great player and will help us a lot. It's just not a one-year deal."
  • On first round picks, "I think they are valuable but you have to give to get. In this case, I have been shopping for this guy for quite a while. He is the kind of player that I like, he plays the style that our team plays, he is young, the financial arrangement makes it a perfect fit for us. Giving up the assets we had to make the deal work, that was part of the deal. We were in a tough spot with our cap so I had to find a way to make it work for it to go forward."
  • On giving up Anthony Duclair, "I think if Kevin Hayes hadn't come around it would have been very difficult, but Kevin is like having another first round pick. We have some players in our organization that we think will do the same job next year. It's a calculated risk at any time to do something like this but I think it's well worth it."
  • On bringing Buchnevich over, "he will be available."
  • By the end of the season, "we will see."
  • On confidence in the scouting staff, "I think we have a great scouting staff, Gordie Clark and Jeff Gorton, we spent the last few days together mulling it over and wondering if it was the right deal for the organization and in the end we decided that it was. We are pretty happy about it."
  • On the faith he has in the group, "you want a prediction? Anyone have a crystal ball around? Predicting is a tough thing to get into, if we stay healthy and have enough depth and everyone performs and we get the good goaltending we think we will have then we can go all the way. But there are a lot of teams thinking the same thing that I am thinking, everybody made deals and we are all optimistic about where we will end up."
  • How long did it take, "I have talked to Donny the last couple of years about Yandle but he was never anxious to do anything. When he was here we spoke a little about it, I spoke about it when we were in Phoenix, the last couple of days I laid the proposal in front of him and he called me back right away and said he was interested in it."
  • Have you locked down the Zuccarello deal, "which parts..."
  • Is it done, "we shook hands yesterday, now whether or not it's been written in solid ink or blood, you never know some times with the agents, they try and get all the blood that you have."
  • On wanting to add a bigger defenseman, "I have known that all-year, we have been platooning a couple of guys and we are happy with them but we need a more solid puck moving defenseman. That will be useful on the PP and when his name became available that is when I jumped on it."
  • Were you expecting more from Boyle, "he has been fine, he started off with some problems with his health and injury and it's taken him some time but I think these two together will be good."
  • On what he thinks this team can be, "my appetite has always been to get to the top of the league, it's not easy and takes a lot of things to work right to get there. It was nice to get there and I hope to get there again but like I said before, a lot of teams are thinking about the same thing that we are thinking."
  • On going for it now, "we have been going for it since last year. Absolutely."
  • Were you prepared to trade Zuccarello if you couldn't sign him, "well, lets say that I put out on the market that we are going to trade him, whether or not that happens is another story."
  • What is it about Zuccarello, "I like everything about him, his tenacity, hard work, how he sees the ice, the chemistry he brings to our team and the way he is in the room. He has been a terrific player for us."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist, "we continue to evaluate him, we will keep you posted and that is all I will say about it today."
  • On James Sheppard, "he is a big body, can play center and wing, I watched him in the playoffs last year against LA and thought he was one of the best players. It's fresh life for him and I am excited about seeing him play."
  • Are you confident he is feeling well, "if you look at the last 10-12 games with the goaltending that we had, I don't think anyone had a better record. I don't think I was going to give up a lot of assets to get another goalie. We are fine there, Henrik will be fine, just give him more time."
  • On the window with Henrik Lundqvist, "we are all getting older, I look around the room and some guys have gray hair and some of you had hair (big laugh) you can't stop the clock, a hockey team is a business in motion every year and all things happen. We have to do what we can right now to be as successful as we can."
  • On making the team better, "I like his style of play and I knew that they liked Duclair because of the World Juniors. Duclair and Domi played together. You do calculated risking when you do any deal and this is a guy that I wanted and that we have been watching for a long time. Ulf Samuelsson had him in Phoenix and and knows his really well, knows his character, I know his background. This player doesn't come around, it's like Nash in a lot of ways. Need to see where it goes."
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Last night Henrik Lundqvist had a party to celebrate being on the cover of Gotham Magazine. Glen Sather, Tanner Glass and Ryan Malone were at the event which included a silent auction that raised $25,000 for the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Gotham magazine

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Sather challenged James Dolan, Knicks GM and former MSG President Steve Mills and Alain Vigneault.

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The Oilers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup win.

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After a 2000-01 season where the Rangers finished 33-43-5-1 and fourth in the Atlantic Division, Glen Sather made the following moves in the 2001-02 season. (via NYR Media Guide and Hockey Reference and USA Today)

June 11, 2001 ? Barrett Heisten signed as free agent.

  • 10 games for the Rangers, 7:36 per game, minus four. 1 season with Hartford
June 13, 2001 ? Layne Ulmer signed as free agent.

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Below are the moves that Rangers President and GM Glen Sather made in his first summer as GM after being hired on June 1, 2000. (Rangers 2013-14 Media Guide)

June 24, 2000 ? 2000 second-round pick (Tomas Kopecky) to Detroit for 2000 second-round pick (Filip Novak) and 2000 third-round pick (Dominic Moore.)

June 25, 2000 ? 2000 fourth-round pick Jon DiSalvatore to San Jose for 2000 fourth-round pick (Premsyl Duben) and 2000 compensatory fifth-round pick (Brandon Snee.)

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Wayne Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun that Glen Sather is one of the smartest hockey people ever and deserves all the credit and accolades he received for the Rangers trip to the Stanley Cup Final. (ESPN.com)

Gretzky said that he isn't sure how many managers would have the guts to make the Marty St. Louis trade. (ESPN.com)

Dan Girardi said that the Rangers players love Sather and that he is a "great character, proven winner" and when he talks the team listens. (ESPN.com)

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When Glen Sather hired Alain Vigneault last June he said, "I think he is one of the top coaches in the NHL and we are very fortunate to be able to sign him. He has worked in a lot of big markets and he knows the type of system what we like to have here, it?s the same system he has had in Vancouver for the past seven years. He has been very successful. He is articulate, intelligent and well organized. He loves the offensive game which a lot of us do today and I think that today?s game has changed and I particularly enjoy that style of game.?

In speaking in April, Sather said that Vigneault has been everything the Rangers hoped he would be when he was hired. He said that Vigneault is well organized and gets along well with the players as well as the media. (NY Times)

Sather adds that he likes the way the Rangers play, likes their up-tempo practices and games and says that Vigneault "has been terrific." (NY Times)

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Glen Sather says that the system of today in the NHL, with a salary cap, is better than the days without a salary cap when it was wide open and you "could pay anybody what you wanted to."(Yahoo)

Sather said that he and his other managers determine their own destiny by the moves they make themselves. (Yahoo)

On the salary cap, Glen Sather said in "Behind the Moves," The league wants a different cup winner every year and they want parity and that is what the cap is supposed to do. Parity comes because good players are supposed to move around. It hurts your fan base, because fans get emotionally involved with these players, and then those players leave and you have to start all over again."

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Glen Sather met with the media on the floor of the NHL Draft today: (via SNY Contributor Christian Arnold)

  • "you start to look at the philosophy of a team and how it's structured and whether you have first, second, third or fourth line players and whether they play 18 minutes or 10 minutes, they are all important parts of the hockey team that help you get where you are and the reason we got where we were is because we have a good coach and staff, a team philosophy which is why you will win and inside that philosophy is roles for different players and if they will accept it, you will have a good team but if you don't have players who will accept it then you have conflict all the time and that creates problems. I don't want problems, I want guys who will play in the team structure, that is how you win."
  • Is it tough to put a value on a guy like Pouliot, "I guess that is why you are a free agent, you get to look at the market but he found a place where he was very comfortable, the coach liked him, that line was very good together, they had a good structure, good chemistry and now you move onto another place and you get back into the same situation you were in a few years ago which doesn't always work. I think you need to decide yourself what is more important, winning or getting a few more dollars some place else."
  • On the fourth line maybe being new, "We expect Miller to come to play this year and he probably would have played in the playoffs if he didn't have a separated shoulder. He is young, fits into the price range, going to develop into a very good hockey player and he had a lot of growth this year and did well. As far as the other guys, I don't know where it will go but that is why we have all summer to figure it out."
  • Did you draft Tyler Nanne as a favor to Lou Nanne, No, I mean, I can remember being at Marty's house when the draft was in Minneapolis (2011) and watching this kid shoot the puck. He will go to Iowa next year, he is smart, we will see him in NY in a couple of days...he comes from good bloodlines."
  • On RFA talks with Zuccarello and Kreider, "Zuccarello had a great year, he played well and he does everything that you want him to do, sees the ice as well as anyone in the game. He started out the season with the Rangers this year or was he in the minors? (Reporter) No, Kreider was. (Sather) No, I am talking about the year before. (Reporter) Zucc was in Russia. (Sather) "So Zucc has only had one really good year so far and Kreider was in the minors...I'm not saying that, I will let you guys say that. That is what we will talk about. I can't give you any concrete answers because of other stuff going on."
  • "Teams are signing there own guys...the unfortunate thing about how this whole thing is structured today is that you want to keep your own guys so how do you get new guys? Then the guys left out, where do they go? They end up going to Russia or someplace because there is nowhere to go. The other problem is that the teams at the low end of the salary cap need to pay a lot to these guys just to reach the floor. It may not be worth it so it blows up everything."
  • On the interview window, "to me it's a little strange. You are not supposed to negotiate but you can talk but you can't make a deal but I hear all kinds of numbers being batted around by guys that have offered contracts to guys for huge dollars so I don't know if that is true but that is what I heard on the street."
  • "You want to keep your own team intact if you can and then improve it."
Via the Rangers:
  • "we are trying to figure out how to do it, we like everybody and we want to keep them together."
  • On keeping the team together, "we already traded one guy to give us some relief, we had a real good idea that it wasn't going to be $70 million so we had to make some room....we will see what happens in the next week."
  • On goalie depth, "we drafted two goalies today and realistically they won't be ready for a few years but they are good looking goalies. I don't think you can ever have enough. We had some guys get hurt this year, another guy retired so it changes our whole goalie rotation. Marty was probably thinking about retiring all summer and when he did it put us in a jam but it worked out for Talbot and he turned out to be a good goalie then he got hurt and it puts you in a spot."
  • Scott Stajcer is not coming back, "he has had some hip problems and just didn't develop the way we thought he would so he won't be back."
  • Did you make qualifying offers to all the RFAs, "yes. We just talked about that when you were late. We said that we would like to retain everybody but we think that will be difficult because of where the cap is today and because of the expectations of us being able to pay huge dollars because we got to the Final but we didn't win. So, I think realistically some guys need to pull the horns in a little bit."
  • Did you feel that financially you had to buyout Brad, "yes. I thought Brad had a real good bounce back year and worked his tail off to come into camp in tremendous shape. He had a great year and this was tough to do not only for us but for him. He was really a quality guy but the rules changed mid-stream and there is nothing you can do about that."
  • Have you imitated contact with the free agents, "we have had discussions."
  • Anything promising, "you want me to tell you where the negotiations are going...give you details of numbers and years and demands. (laughs)"
  • On Dom Moore's value, "I would like to have everyone back but realistically I think it's going to be complicated for the two reasons that I said, one is the cap not going up and the other is where we ended up at the end of the year...does that answer it?"
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In January of 2012, James Dolan took to the podium at MSG after the Rangers beat the Predators and talked about the state of the Rangers.

Dolan said, "I am particularly proud of Mr. Sather because all the way back to 2004 when things weren't going to so well and we had a lot of free agents there and we decided to re-do the strategy, Glen and I made a pact, I actually gave him something and I won't reveal what it is, but I gave him something to seal the pact with and I told him that he can't give it back to me until we win the Stanley Cup and I think we are close to me getting that thing back."

Former President of MSG Seth Abraham said that in meetings years ago Dolan would talk about the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup and how he wanted to go on the ice and lift the Stanley Cup. Glen Sather's response to Dolan was reportedly "absolutely, absolutely. You?ll be the first one on the ice." (NY Times)

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Glen Sather is holding a press conference at Stanley Cup Final Media day:

  • On wondering if he ever thought he would be back in the Stanley Cup Final, "We're fortunate to be here. Anybody's fortunate to be in this position. It's not every team in the league that gets a chance to play for the Stanley Cup. I've been around for a little while, couple years. I know what it's like. I know how hard it is to get here. We're appreciative of the opportunity." (Via the NHL)
  • On the Ryan Callahan trade, "Well, first of all, the opportunity to make the deal was something that we were probably fortunate to get involved with. I knew that when we got Marty that he would be a strong leader in his own right. It's difficult to trade anyone. Ryan was a good player. He was a great player for us for a long time. I think everyone knows the story that his contract was up and it was difficult to get anything done. So it was a good chance to get a good player like Marty. We knew that leadership internally on the team was strong. It was a bit of a chance, but it certainly worked out well. (Via the NHL)
  • On his time with the Rangers, "I don't think it's been rocky. Every year there's only two teams that fight for the Stanley Cup and there's one that wins. It takes time to get in this position. Anyone that's been in the hockey business knows what it can be like, and it's complicated. I don't see any great personal satisfaction. I'm satisfied that the team is here. I think the job is partly done. We know that we're up against great forwards, great defense and great goaltending, so it's going to be tough." (Via the NHL)
  • On Why AV worked and Torts didn't, "He is a very good coach and I knew that. I have known a lot about his history. It did work with Torts for a while but I am very happy that the opportunity was there to make a deal. We have nothing bu fun together and it's a good relationship. Coaches run out of time no matter where they are but it doesn't mean they aren't a good coach. It's like training your kids. I went through it myself in EDM after 10 years and I fired myself."
  • On the Brad Richards buyout, "I have thought about it a lot but it's not something we are thinking about right now. We are focused on who we are playing and I haven't thought about it much lately. But that decision will come in the summer. We have lots of free agents to sign. We are happy with how things are now."
  • On the Marian Gaborik trade, "I like Marian a lot. He is a great guy and great player and we needed depth on our team and it did it for us. I am happy for Marian, he is a terrific guy and it was like any trade, it was complicated and difficult."
  • What is the finals like for a GM, "it's really complicated. Today it took us about 3 hours to decide which golf course we would play this afternoon (AV laughs) and then the question about dinner and what to watch on TV, is game of thrones on...it's tough...It's fun, I hope our team thinks it's fun. It's a very intense time and it's great."
  • On James Dolan, "I had another complicated owner that I worked for for a long time as well. I enjoy him, he is an interesting complex, caring human being who is probably a bit apprehensive about himself being known my the media. I get along with him fine. Someone wrote that I manage him well, I wouldn't say that I am a good manager. I like to be friends with the people that I work with, the coaches, the players and I respect him. I like him and I get along with him and it's that simple."
  • Is he hands on, "I don't know where that came from. If you had a guy who owns the company and you are going to buy a new building you would talk to him about what you are doing. We don't ask him permission to do something, we ask him what he thinks about it and it's a cooperative decision throughout the organization just like the assistant coaches and managers and we talk about everything, it's communication and why I communicate well with you guys so well, isn't that right Larry."
  • On Jeff Gorton, "the last time I looked we are in the Stanley Cup Final, do you honestly believe someone would ask to speak with one of your personnel at this time of year? I wouldn't entertain the thought of letting him speak to anyone right now."
  • More on Gorton, "When Jeff lost his AGM job in Boston, Harry Sinden told me that he was a talented guy with a lot of ability, a quality person and I am happy to have him on our stuff and just like I am happy to have everyone on our staff. We are very comfortable with him."
  • On Brad Richards as captain and his future, "he has been terrific and I think he is acting as captain, a leader in the room and on the ice, great guy. I really can't make any comments about what will happen in the summer. If we win the Stanley Cup, lose it, the decisions is something that comes later in the summer and he is with the Rangers and I plan on having him with the Rangers."
  • On the cap recapture rule, "It's amazing how rules change sometimes but it's not something I can comment on. You have to ask Mr. Bettman and it's not something that we had any input on."
  • On Marty St. Louis, "The other thing about Marty and the tragedy he went through and how he handled it, it was a real tough thing for him to go through but it tells you the kind of person that he is."
  • On Dean Lombardi, "Well he's Bob Pulford's son in law, that should tell you a lot about him. Dean has been fun to be with. Brian Boyle came from him, Carcillo came from him. I have everything but good things to say about him. I don't think we should be in the spotlight, it's the coaches and managers and we should say very little."
  • On Ryan McDonagh being the guy in the Gomez deal, "he wasn't the only guy we got int he deal but he was the key piece. I had never seen him play and that was our scouting staff, Jeff Gorton, Gordie Clark, I had no idea other than a name on the paper. You don't give the manager credit for that, you give the credit to the people in the field who do it for us."
  • AV says, "I like it when you are around, I have nothing to do." (Laugh) Sather: "I hope this is it for me."
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6/3/14 | 7:14AM: Abraham says that no one, in his time at MSG, worked better with Dolan than Sather and Sather realized that Dolan had to be treated as a "partner" and brought into meetings rather than just being the boss. (Daily News)

Abraham says that Sather sees Dolan as a brother and Sather respects how Dolan grew up watching hockey, the Islanders, and has been a hockey fan. (Daily News)

6/1/14 | 9:39AM: Today is the 14th anniversary of Glen Sather being hired to be President and GM of the New York Rangers.

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Larry Brooks writes that Glen Sather works at his own pace, built and rebuilt these Rangers and proved that the game has not passed him by as he gets back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 24 years. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Sather told him before the end of the regular season that he isn't planning to step down, though it isn't known if the Rangers fun to the Stanley Cup or potential Stanley Cup Championship would change his mind. (NY Post)

As Brooks notes, "There is no better way to go out than on top." (NY Post)

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5/23/14 | 9:40AM: Glen Sather walked past the Rangers locker room last night, shook his head and said "not supposed to be easy." (ESPN NY)

5/22/14 | 9:39PM:

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Ray Ferraro said on Leafs Lunch, "He appears to be a guy who is knee deep in the grittiness of the job. Why did you think the Rangers played out in the West, it's because he wanted to go the Banff for a few days. Lets just fly the plane there because I gotta go there and we can play games around there."

Jamie McLennan said on Leafs Lunch, "he looked like he was watching it at home on his couch....I told you what it was like when I went to the Rangers. I went to his office and he is a white robe, like Hugh Hefner, and a half chewed cigar and we had a conversation...it was awkward."

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Below is an animated gif (via @myregularface) showing Rangers President and GM Glen Sather celebrating with assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld. Assistant GM Jeff Gorton comes in a little late.

Gorton and Sather previously reacted together in 2012 when the Rangers won in triple OT.

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5/11/14 | 9:10AM: Mike Lupica disagrees with his Daily News colleague Bondy and says that Nash and St. Louis are the ones who should be getting booed because they started scoring "the way the Mets do."(Daily News)

Lupica says that Sather's time with the Rangers can only be called a success when compared to the Knicks. Lupica's main point in the column is how Sather relates to Phil Jackson and how a good past and resume is no guarantee for success. (Daily News)

5/9/14 | 11:46AM:Fillip Bondy writes that the fans at MSG who were booing Rick Nash and the Rangers on the ice were either too "in the moment or simply too dumb" because they should be targeting their anger at Glen Sather. (Daily News)

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6:49PM: Shanahan is expected to leave the NHL and join the Leafs immediately. (The Star)

6:26PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN Drive, "the sense I was given was that it will be Toronto or he will stay with the NHL office."

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Glen Sather tells Larry Brooks that he is not intending to retire from the Rangers. He says that he isn't sure how these stories keep coming up because he hasn't spoken to anyone. (NY Post)

He says there comes a time where you evaluate your lifestyle and think about things, but said that he is working on building the Rangers into a Stanley Cup team, "that's my priority." Sather adds that he isn't thinking about "stepping back" changing his title or changing responsibilities. (NY Post)

Sather said "one day, yes. But not now.? (NY Post)

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Glen Sather was interviewed by Kathryn Tappen and former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes at the GM Meetings yesterday:

  • What was being discussed in your meetings, "we start off the meeting with a review, Colin Campbell going through how the season is going, how the rules are being applied and then we broke into three different sessions, 10 managers to a group and then we were all assigned different assignments about making the game better and see what we can solve."
  • On goalie interference, "Henrik has played very well. Goalie interference is one of those rules that you can either question that the guy has been knocked into the goalie and knocks him out of position or that he has been gently nudged and he falls on the goalie. It really gets down to the interpretation that the referee has and there has been some discussion about whether a goal is scored in that situation, having the ref go to the penalty box and review it on a TV monitor just so they can get the play right. There are a lot of good players in the league who can cover things up and a lot of goalies who get tapped and act like they have been shot with a cannon....it's a tough call for everyone to make and you don't want to slow the game down by having everything reviewed in the penalty box, I think it's hurt the NFL a bit when they review things and I personally like to have the referees in charge of the game and I don't mind if they make a few mistakes because I think it makes it more interesting."
  • ?A week later, how do you feel about the trade of Callahan for St. Louis, "Well I think we are fairly confident, Marty is not a surprise to anyone, he has been a great player for his entire career. It's a very difficult and complicated process to go through especially when you trade a guy like Ryan who has been with us since the beginning of his career, we drafted him, he is the kind of guy that everyone likes to have on their team, he works hard, he never complains, he blocks shots, he plays hard for his teammates, he is a great guy and it's difficult when you have to trade....it's not so bad when you get someone like Marty St. Louis back because it's kind of ying and the yang, we lost a great guy but we also gained a great guy and depending on how everything works with our team in 4 or 5 years from now you guys can discuss if it was a good trade or a bad trade but I think it will be a good trade for us. It gives our team a different offensive look, Marty is a smart guy, very competitive and he has tremendous hands and instincts for the game and lets face it, if you get a chance to get a guy like Marty you have to give someone up to get someone like that."
  • Where are the Rangers right now, "I like the style that we play, I have always enjoyed that style. We went through a time in NY where we couldn't play that way, where we had to play a different way and we did and we were fairly successful, not as successful as we would have liked to have been but this style of game is the way that the game should be played, the speed, the movement, the creativity of the players, it lets them be as creative as they want and it doesn't stifle the defensive game and I think it's fun for the fans and people enjoy it."
  • On being in Boca, "it's not so bad, we are going to honor Larry Pleau tonight at a banquet with all the managers. He is a great guy and it's a terrific thing that the league does, we bring these guys down and honor them after all of his years of service."
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5:18PM:? Sather said "I can't see it being changed for a while. It was tough enough getting 4 on 4. 3 on 3 is a bit of a pipe dream in my opinion. (KK)

4:49PM: Elliotte Friedman has a writeup of the first day of the GM Meetings. (CBC)

1:04PM: "It sounds like GMs like scraping ice after 60 minutes and long change in OT." (Cotsonika)

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5:25PM: Glen Sather spoke about the Rangers moves today before the Rangers played the Maple Leafs (via SNY's Steve Gelbs):

  • "I would like to thank Ryan and his family. I would describe him as hard working, tenacious. I think the guy that is coming in helps us advance and it's not often that you get a chance to acquire Marty St. Louis, a dynamic player in his own right."
  • On Callahan negotiations and intangibles, "If you and I were negotiating there would be a lot of variables in making the decision about the value that the player brings to your club or to another club or to himself. At some point when you are negotiating you have to say no...or you say yes but in this case we said no. We got too far down the line to come back. At some point when you negotiate a contract you get to an end point where you can go further and that is where it needs to stop."
  • On Marty St. Louis not being an average 38 year old, "he certainly looks like it. He is tremendous shape, he lives in CT, worked out with Brad Richards all summer. Everything that I have been told about his conditioning is that he is a specimen and works really hard at it. He is dedicated, he has always been the hardest working guy. I don't think that will change here."
  • Is this team now a legit Stanley Cup contender, "there are a lot of contenders right now. It's real close in each conference. Where we sit now it's very close. Hopefully this will bring us over the edge and bring us closer to achieving our goal."
  • Was any other team close, "I had another deal. This wasn't the only deal. I couldn't think that the deal would get done in time so in the meantime I had another deal in place. This one turned out to be the better deal for us right now. The other one would have been more of the future. Other way Ryan would have gone."
  • When did you make that decision, was it yesterday, "no, we made it this morning. When we were...this has been talked about for a long time, it's not something that happened over the last day or two it's been going for quite a while. They are complicated trades, first time two captains have been traded for each other. They are both good players, different players in their own right but I just didn't think we could go as far as Ryan's agent wanted us to go in negotiating this deal and we had to get out of it at some point so we decided to do that and it leaves our future a little more open down the road."
  • On losing potentially two first round picks, "it does, but drafting a first round pick....there is no guarantee. If you know anything about the draft this year I don't think there are many guys who will play in the NHL in the next 2-3 years. We had an opportunity to do this and we decided that it was the right time."
  • On chemistry with the deal, "absolutely. Ryan is a good guy and well respected and it makes it tough to trade him and especially how it impacts the team. We are either going to go out and play real well tonight because we are excited we have a new guy in our lineup or we will play poorly because we are upset and depressed. These guys are all pros and need to suck it up. That is the way it is. The deal is done and it's not gonna change."
  • Were you close enough with Cally on money, "we were getting closer at the money but when this thing started it was 8 years and an awful lot of money for Ryan Callahan or for anyone else unless you are first all-star team or has won Stanley Cups. This situation, the no-trade was the one thing that really bothered me in the end. If you look today at some of the other players being talked about, you give too much away when you give that no-trade contract, it really ties your hands. It's nice for the players to have security but the no-trade is a no-yell and it's a tough deal."
  • On the Raphael Diaz trade, "Diaz played in Montreal last year and we tried to trade for him last year. Raphael is a good puck mover, first pass guy, can play on the PP. 5th round pick in 15, it's a good deal for us for insurance."
  • Would you still have made a play for Marty if you signed Cally, "No."
  • Are you looking at if St. Louis and Richards click that Richards could stay on the team, "I wish this mic was a crystal ball but it's not....I can't answer that question. It's total fabrication, hypothetical."
  • Did it cross your mind about Richards and him, "no."
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