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Sather Speaks: Lack of Puck Possession Had "A lot to do" with Torts' firing
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06-25-2013, 01:25 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: New York
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People are blind if they didnt identify the massive shortcomings inherent in Torts' philosophy.
Blame Sather all you want -- how many friggin moves did the GM make to supply the coach with a team he could work with? People act like Sather sat back with the 2009 team and set Torts up for failure.
Torts had the game's best goalie, one of the game's top-3 RW, the one of best groups of young D-men in the league, at least four or five young two-way forwards with size, and one of the best playmaking centers in league. On top of that, he would actually ADD one of the game's top goal scorers.
Sather did his job. Aside from tanking like Pitt, Chicago, and Washington, what other options did he have? Draft franchise centers and Norris winners between 19th-28th overall every year? Sure. Thats a reasonable expectation.
How is making a ton of moves to a team that just had the best season in decades doing them any favors? Sather dismantled the best NYR team in years. The Nash trade was arguably a must-take deal, but the rest of the guys didn't need to be sent packing. On their own, they weren't much, but together, they were a solid, solid bottom 6, which was what last year's team was lacking.
Richards is not one of the best playmaking centers int he game, nor is Gabby a top 3 RW. They were at some points in the past maybe, but you don't get to stick with the label you got at your peak forever, you have to continually earn it.
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