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12-11-2009, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by azrok22 View Post
The Rangers are a profitable organization and also one of the most valuable NHL franchises. Sather hasn't brought on-ice success, but let's not pretend like we're pissing "millions and millions (and millions and millions)" of dollars of Dolan's money away with no result. Hockey's a business and now that the cap is in place, Sather and the Rangers are definitely making Dolan money despite any lack of on-ice success.

An argument could certainly be made that they'd be pulling in more money if they were successful, but let's not pretend like Sather is doing nothing... he's still doing the primary thing Dolan is paying him to do... make money. I wish on-ice success was the only measuring stick, but it is not.
It's a funny thing because a short 20 years ago, that was the ONLY measuring stick to a GM's success.

And truth be told, it should still be that way.

Teams have marketing departments to generate money. The GM of the franchise's goal needs to be to put the best possible product on the ice to win games.

The moment generating revenue for a franchise was included into his job description, was the moment that has beens like Sather get the ability to mask their ineptitude of the main part of his job and point to the revenue he is generating.

No, on ice is not the only measuring stick...and that's a damn shame.

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