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06-19-2013, 02:22 PM
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Sather Speaks: Lack of Puck Possession Had "A lot to do" with Torts' firing

Sather also danced around the issue that Tortorella's firing happened because "multiple players," including some "top guys," wanted the coach out, as a source told the Daily News on May 29.

"I interviewed every player at the end of the year," Sather told the Daily News. "I don't sit there and say, 'Do you have a complaint about the coach?' I say, 'Is there anything you want to talk to me about?' They talk about conditioning. (But) they shouldn't complain. They may say, 'I didn't have a very good year, I didn't play as well as I should have.' But they don't say, 'I don't like the assistant coach, I don't like (for example, goaltending coach) Benoit Allaire. I'd tell them to get the f--- out of the room if they did that."
"That's the job of that person to find out without players coming to you and telling you," Sather said. "I have lots of other people that work for me, and what makes you think that I wasn't observing things myself? I'm around all the time. You don't have to have somebody tell you something. You know when things change."
He also knew that the Rangers' style of play needed to evolve to contend with other top NHL teams, or in his words, "the game has changed."

"If you look at these playoff games (like the Stanley Cup Finals matchup) you're gonna see tonight, the style that they play, I mean there's not a hell of a lot of dump-ins," Sather said. "I mean, (if) you have to dump the puck in, you have to dump it. But there's a lot of puck control and hanging onto the puck and moving the puck out, and there's not stopping behind the net to gain control. There's a lot of things that are done differently than what we were doing. So you have to look at the style of play. That had a lot to do with (the decision to fire Tortorella), too."

Sather is full of it here. Absolutely full of it. As Strang reported, Slats gave Torts an extension THIS season. So all of this stuff about the Rangers' style of play and the game changing is absolutely revisionist history. I think it was True Blue who said that Slats always runs the bus over his coaches after they've been axed and gives the appearance that he is in full control. Vigneault is now the Rangers' sixth coach in Slats' thirteen years. All a failure in his own words.

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