Thread: Larry Brooks: Rangers season already on thin ice
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10-24-2013, 06:41 AM
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Sather's best friend Harry Sinden retired in 2006 as Bruins president at 73. He added the president title in 1989. He gave up the GM duties to his assistant Mike O'Connell on November 1, 2000. Sinden was 68. Sinden is an advisor to Jeremy Jacobs. Slats turned 70 last month. Gorton and Clark worked for Sinden with the Bruins. People say Gorton handles the day to day operations of the team now but Sather is involved. Sather is the ultimate decider. Jim Schoenfeld is in the mix too. Sather hired him in 2002 as an assistant coach for Bryan Trottier. Schoenfeld was offered the opportunity to replace Trottier but he rejected it. He became GM of the Pack. In 2007,he was promoted to AGM with the Rangers and retained his Pack duties. If Gorton is the guy or will be the guy,allow him to bring his own people.

In 2004,the Rangers talked to Brian Burke after he left Vancouver. Sather wanted to bring him in without giving him the GM title and final decision making responsibility. Burke went to Anaheim. Sather doesn't want to give up the power and he wants other people to do the work. What does a team president do? The Garden has other people to handle the business side of the Rangers. New York isn't like other cities where the team president is out there hawking season tickets and luxury boxes. Board of governor? Dolan and Ratner can handle that.

Prior to his dismissal as general manager in 2006, Mike O’Connell — a native of Cohasset, Mass. — put a number of pieces in place that would go on to carry the Bruins to their Stanley Cup victory, including draftees Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.

“When you’re a general manager, you leave that to your scouts,” said O’Connell, now the director of pro development for the Los Angeles Kings. “You have a little bit of say. So if you’re going to give me credit for those guys, you’ve got to give me credit for Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Phil Kessel and all those other guys, because I was part of the same staff that selected Bergeron and Krejci.

“The three guys who picked those players were Daniel Dore, Nick Bobrov and Jeff Gorton. The scout they retained, Scott Bradley, was sick that year and did very little scouting. Those three guys basically made those selections and many prior to that, and were very important to the Bruins’ organization. Those guys should not be forgotten because they are what helped bring the Stanley Cup to Boston.”

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