All-Encompassing Tortorella/Sather Thread
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03-04-2013, 03:35 PM
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Start a Sather thread if you want to rehash that debate. I believe I already won that one. Unlike you, I'm going to abide by HF rules and stay on topic. So I agree with the case you make for Torts being a good head coach. Obviously he's had tremendous success with Tampa and he's had a lot of success here. We had a rough start to this year, but we've looked great the past couple of games. Good thing about Dolan's loyalty is that no matter what (misguided) public opinion becomes we will be keeping Torts around.
Actually, Kel, you brought him up. And what did you win? You don't even have a leg to stand on. Name a single GM/front office executive in the last 20 years of ANY sport, much less the NHL, that has as lengthy and as consistent a record of failure as Glen Sather (other than Mike Milbury). Name ANY GM/front office executive that never produces results and is never held accountable by his superior for as long as Glen Sather has operated under such circumstances.
Glen Sather is the worst thing to happen to this franchise during my lifetime, and considering I know the history of the franchise fairly well, I think it can be argued that he's the worst thing to happen to this franchise ever. It's a toss up between him and Dolan, really.
I don't know how loyal Dolan is to anyone other than Sather, by the way, considering the amount of coaches this team has gone through over the last 13 years.
As an example, take a look at Buffalo, a team that just fired Lindy Ruff, the only coach to have coached the Sabres during Sather's tenure with the Rangers. The Rangers, of course, have had five different coaches since Sather took over. 10 playoff series won by the Sabres in that span (that's six more than the Rangers have won with Sather at the helm). Remember, this is a Sabres franchise that is located in one of the least attractive cities in the league, and until recently, has been one of financially weaker franchises in the league.
Or let's take a look at David Poile and Barry Trotz in Nashville, the only GM/Coach duo in that team's history. This EXPANSION team that came into existence just before Sather took over the Rangers, has battled financial instability, attendance, and ownership fiascoes, has won 2 playoff series and has qualified more times for the playoffs than the Rangers have during Glen Sather's tenure.
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