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06-06-2010, 04:21 AM
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Glen Sather speaks/GM has blueprint for Blueshirt future

Somehow LB got Rangers czar Glen Sather to address his minions in Rangerland

“We have to get better,” Sather acknowledged. “And the way we’re going to get better is by staying within our organization and giving our prospects the time to grow and the opportunity to play in New York.

“This has been a long process, and it’s ongoing, but as we go into this summer, our plan is to keep our own players. I can tell you one thing — we are certainly not going to overpay for free agents. If we can improve with a signing that makes sense, we’ll look into it, but we want to give our guys the first shot.”

Sather says Huggy is history. Wouldn't discuss his plans for Brashear.

The Rangers are up against it in cap space. They have approximately $12 million available to sign restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal and Dan Girardi (“Those two guys are part of our core; of course we’re signing them,” Sather said), plus Jody Shelley, Vinny Prospal, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust, P.A. Parenteau, a seventh defenseman and a credible backup goaltender.

They’ll have an additional $6.5 million available if they waive Wade Redden before the roster cap is recalibrated at the conclusion of training camp.
Quote from Pat Morris who reps Shelley who wants to return to the Rangers.

Sather said that he would like to sign Wisconsin senior defenseman Ryan McDonagh and junior center Derek Stepan. The GM told The Post both players would attend the Blueshirts’ prospects camp the first week of July.

“We’d like to get them in and have them earn jobs,” Sather said of the two young Americans. “We’re excited to see whether [Evgeny] Grachev and [Dale] Weise and some of our other kids can earn jobs.

Great job by LB getting Sather to finally discuss this stuff. The Rangers season only ended 7 weeks ago. What was the rush?

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