: Larry Brooks:
Rangers season already on thin ice
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10-23-2013, 09:17 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
I dont think any of those early post-lockout teams were true contenders. I think the window to compete opened in '11-12.
In hindsight, Sather should have worked to add to that core. Not tear down the depth for a perceived need that, ultimately, ushered in an unwanted culture change as well.
That said, much as I did not like Renney, the seeds for building an identity were being sewn.
But your other statement is spot on. And that was not hindsight. There were loud warning about dismantling the core. Sather's problem is that he is still stuck in Edmonton. But Gretzky and Messier are not skating here. And the core that he tore down, was better than the sum of its parts.
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