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03-24-2004, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by jas
If anything, Sather bought himself another two to three years. Face it, the spin is out already. The day that Sather moved upstairs, the organization declared it was moving away from its star-driven approach and towards younger players that fit into a system. Everyone expects Sather to flood this team with UFAs, but,I highly doubt it. Sather has already pushed the blame on upper management, claiming this was the plan all along, so he's got his reprieve. He's under pressure to make this work, so he's not going to hire a lackey coach. But, he's bought himself time, especially, if there's a hard cap next season. Plus, if the Rangers fail next year, Sidney Crosby is the plum to reward such failure. And, if there is no season, or even a shortened one, he has even longer, especially since many of these younger players will have another year at either the college, junior or European level to develop.
I agree about buying himself some time. He just exposed himself and can't pin the blame on anyone if these players don't work out. Which is what Sather is famous for doing.

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