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10-15-2013, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
It's not a bad hockey team. It's just a poorly assembled one, and that's been our biggest issue for many years now. The lineup is always too much of one thing, and not enough of many others. It seems as though Sather gets completely hung-up on something we lacked the season before, and goes hog-wild to fix it, often at the expense of the rest of the lineup. One year it's toughness, then it's depth, then it's scoring, then it starts all over again.

The other part is that the Rangers are developing a quality group of prospects, but now they're at a point where having those kids come in and play big roles is a necessity, instead of a 'good problem to have' as it ought to be. It's times like this where you start to see teams ruin good prospects. They force them into roles because they convince themselves they're ready. Not because they are, but because they need them to be. Kreider, Miller, Fast, Lindberg, Kristo and Hrivik. That group should be spending the next 40 games shredding the AHL, not being shuttled back and forth between the big club and the Pack.

It's all a result of this organization having no direction. They say they want to compete, but can't save themselves from overhauling the team every summer. There's no team identity. There's little chemistry. The team is always made up of mercenaries. This team is better than it's shown so far, but I question how far it can ultimately go. The elephant in the room is the fact that few of these players are under contract. If the team can't get it together, how many of them are going to want to stick around?
Good synopsis. The fact that 75% of the team is without a contract next year is a scary proposition. What if this poor play continues to near the trade deadline? What does the team do then? Common sense says make some shrewd trades and start this thing over - the right way.

Is Sather going to be willing to do that? He hasnt shown the willingness to do it in 13 years. I doubt he lets a rebuild be his parting shot to the organization. He has too much pride for that. My point is, this team is coming to a crossroads very quickly. Theres no better time to change the leadership than very, very soon. If Sather stays on and is allowed to deal with the question marks going into next year and beyond, we're doomed for even longer.

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