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01-02-2010, 06:19 AM
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This mantra was a lot more relevant before the lockout than it is now. Your talking about a franchise that has made the playoffs four straight years, and now has two of the top players in the league at their respective positions under warps for the next five years, a continued infusion of youth since the lockout, and one of the deepest prospects bases in the league since it's gotten it's act together and handed over the reigns to Gordie Clark. Yes, Sather has handed out at least six mind-numbingly asinine contracts in the past three years, but, he's turned one of them into a fruitful opportunity. (And just imagine if he was able to trade Higgins for Mueller...we'd essentially be talking Mueller and McDonagh for Scott Gomez.) That is hardly the evidence Jim Dolan will use to can Sather. At best, Sather moves out of the GM slot into a retirement position, and allows his hand-picked replacement to take over (most likely Messier.) If Sather wasn't dumped in the years prior to 2004, (and was allowed to run the rebuild/renovation that began at the trade deadline in 2004), he isn't being hung from the MSG rafters as many of the fanbase so desire.

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