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05-10-2004, 11:29 AM
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'Blues, I think you misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting the Rangers should be getting rid of Holik. I recognize the asset he is (even if his attitude is often detremental). I'm merely speculating that Holik is not on Sather's 'team' these days. Sather is big into loyalty, and Holik, at least to my observation, hasn't exactly been kissing the big shiny Edmonton Ring on Sather's finger for quite awhile. And that sort of behavoir rarely seems to go down lightly with Sather.
As for him planning to 'consult Jagr and Holik' . . . well if he keeps him for a year then yes. He probably will talk to him. Holik's already almost suicidal, and if Sather ever wants to trade him for any kind of value, he needs him on board. But I don't think that his promise at the end of the season to consult him in any way protects him if a decent offer wanders by.
As for what the Rangers would have to pay to get rid of him . . . as others have posted, Holik is worth at least $5 million a season. He's a 60ish point center with size, speed, attitude, defense, and face-off skills. Hell, at $5 million a season he's almost a bargain. So if the Rangers eat 3-4 million off his contract when he's only got two years left (after next season) then a committing team will get him for a commitment of what, $10-12 million over two year? People will get interested in that, in a hurry. And certainly that's a better option than buying him out for even more money and getting nothing back.
I don't think that Holik is detrimental to the Rangers by speaking up. It's what Mark Messier should have done from day one of Mess Version 2.0. Its what Mess would have done if Sather was not the GM. As far as being on Sather's "team", which Rangers do you really think are? There are a ton of kids looking to make a play at a job in the NHL. But who really is going on his team with Mess presumably gone. And if Sather can't take a player (who he coveted, targeted and ultimately overpaid for) saying what the play on the ice and the wins and lose columns say then its time for Sather to strap on a pair. Holik has won more recently than Sather has. And Sather is so into loyalty that he traded Brian Leetch some someone who more than likely was on his team. Bottom line for both Sather and Holik, win some damn games.
Personally, I'm not eating any of Holik's salary. Its not a good use of assets. If Holik is indeed suicidal let him give up some money and then agree to restructure his contract with the team that he goes to. I think he still has value to this team. If wants to go, he's gotta make it happen.
Bottom line for both Sather and Holik:
1) Grow up. If you, Glen, can't take a guy questioning a team that has underachieved for 7 seasons all the while doing the same thing, take five minutes in the corner, have a cookie and deal with it.
2) Grow up. If you, Bobby, are so unhappy, return the Porsche you just bought, give up some money, restructure you're contract and make it worth while for a team to get you and for the Rangers to trade you. No one forced you here.
3) Grow up. Both of you. Win some damn games and the problems will more of less take care of themselves.
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