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10-09-2013, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Sather relinquishes power to a GM that commits to an actual long-term plan.

In other words, a defined style of play, no coaching carousel, and - most importantly, a roster built to execute that plan.
Yep, it's been the one constant for 13 years now.

Stop trying to patchwork a roster every year.

Stop thinking the team is one player away.

Stop making moves in a vacuum.

Stop making boom or bust picks. This team has spent a ridiculous amount of money on stop-gap third and fourth liners which is insane in a salary cap world. These spots need to be filled by younger, internal options on cheaper and controllable contracts. Take players who's ceilings might be lower but can fill those positions.

Stop perpetrating the myth that this team is in win-now mode.

Start looking beyond the current season and formulate a long-term plan.

Start recognizing that an organization takes it's cue from it's highest ranking front office member. In the Rangers' case, that's an old, out of touch, game has passed him by guy who hasn't had any real success in over two decades and has spent a ****-ton of money on players who haven't done much of anything here.

Start creating an organizational philosophy, draft to it and carry it through to Hartford.

Start by taking a step back (this might require fresh eyes) and really look at what this team is, where they stack up against the rest of the and take potentially painful look at what this team's true upside is (i.e., can they really beat a Boston or Pittsburgh, let alone an LA, San Jose, Chicago, St. Louis or Vancouver)

What's amazing is we've been saying these things more or less since 1997 after that magical run to the ECF and Messier's subsequent defection to Vancouver.

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