Re: ongoing CBA negotiations
Sather: " I think it'll play itself out, one way or the other." Sather went on to way that he's "always optimistic" but that optimism is based "purely on stupidity."
Not exactly earth-shattering news by any stretch. I think he knows in his heart that the NHL is heading for a lockout but there is only so much the executives of the NHL can divulge at the moment.
Re: offseason to date/Rick Nash
Sather: "I think its been terrific, its not very often you get an opportunity, to sign somebody or make a deal like Nash."
Absolutely stunning that Sather was able to keep his top prospects from going to Columbus. Erixon is no slouch, but in the end he couldn't beat out Stu Bickel for the sixth defenseman spot and became expendable.
Re: Del Zotto's contract
Sather: "He'll come to his senses. We've been down this road before with guys who've just come out of their entry level contracts, we've offered them a fair contract... we'll have to see if it changes in the CBA."
If that isn't a small swipe at Dubinsky, I don't know what is. You can't blame Glen for playing hardball and waiting out a players' contract demands. The wait and see approach has worked for Sather in the past and will probably work again. Sather later implied that he is holding steadfast with his offer right now with Del Zotto and that offer will remain on the table.
Re: remaining unsigned UFA's & RFA's
Sather: "There are still some guys that have to be signed, but no one is really talking to the players anymore right now."
That'll upset the twitter "hockey insiders".
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Total swipe at Dubinsky. Sather definitely plays hardball with his RFAs, but when he has them by the balls why wouldn't he.
@TheNYRBlog Sather needs the mustache for Panama Jack. He looks like he should be on TV selling time shares in the Bahamas.
@KevinDeLury i like how sather says no one is talking to anybody, and eminger is re-signed the next day... hilarious
@TheNYRBlog I like how he called himself stupidly optimistic. I'm sure he felt the same when he signed Wade Redden for 6 years $39 million.