With Glen Sather still recovering from prostate cancer surgery, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that assistant GM Jeff Gorton is almost certainly going to be the lead voice in GM’s absence during the trade deadline.
Gross adds that Gorton, who represented the Rangers at last week’s GM meetings in Toronto, is in all probability the heir apparent for when/if Sather decides to lighten his work load by naming somebody else the full-time GM while retaining his title as president.
...while the art of the trade is what Sather does best, I am more than confident with Gorton running the show at the trade deadline. This is the guy, who as the Bruins GM, was able to trade Andrew Raycroft to Toronto in exchange for Tuukka Rask. Under Gorton's watch, the Bruins also signed Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara as well as drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. So Gorton has proved to be a great evaluator of talent.
...to the possibility of Sather stepping down. I think it might be time. Despite last year's fantastic run, Sather's 12-years as Rangers GM has been filled with disappointment. It took four years before the team made the playoffs under his leadership and when they did it was usually by the skin of their teeth. And we know all too well about his less than stellar record signing free agents. Have the Rangers been drafting better? Yes, but I give all credit for that to Gordie Clark and his scouts. Has Sather been a trade magician? Absolutely, but I still contend he has naked pictures of every GM. At the end of the day it's all about results and the Rangers haven't had them under Sather.
Question for anyone who can answer it: Why am I not hearing or reading anything on the Danny DeKeyser front and the Ranger's pursuit of him? Did we get discouraged when we lost out on Justin Schultz sweepstakes last year? Need to stay aggressive on young talent.
Gorton will do fine. I'm not worried. Sather's been a mixed bag IMHO - the thing that stands out 12 yrs ago when he replaced Smith (I think Smith was our last GM??) was he promised to not rely on the free agency so much and return to a "youth movement" and although there was definitely an improvement in how young homegrown talent was developed he did not live up to that promise and continued largely in the Neil Smith Legacy.
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@MikeBlue Rangers not frontrunners, so they're not even making in-person pitch. He's likely Detroit bound: https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN/status/316555904860438528
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@MutantCity I know the difference in meaning, just spelled it wrong. It's what happens when you have three kids jumping on your back when you're writing a blog post. I rarely ever re-read a post. As I'm sure everyone has noticed with the ridiculous amount of grammatical and spelling errors on this blog.
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@KevinDeLury @MutantCity Number of grammatical and spelling errors. "Amount" is to be used for measuring something which does not have an individual unit. For instance, you'd say "amount of water" since there's no such thing as a single "water." But you say "number of grammatical and spelling errors" because you can quantify that.The more you know