oh please, the change we need is glen sather outta here, regardless of this trade. this team is still going nowhere fast.
I don't think anyone's been more patient with Glen Sather than me. I'm still on his side right now, and *DON'T FLIP OUT* but I don't want him fired just yet. Yes, what he did here tonight was a magician move to clean up his own terrible mess. Yes, he has been a moron in the free agency market. But I'm thinking this year he might have learned his lesson with the idiot moves. If he can clean up the Rangers a little more come trade deadline, then wow us at the 2010 free agency, I'm going to stay strong and support Sather.
And don't be SO critical. Gomez' deal was a disaster, but nobody could have foresaw a great player like Drury dropping his offensive talent. $7M a year is well worth the mixture of offense and defense he used to bring. And Kotalik was a disaster, yes, especially with that ridiculous NTC. Higgins, again, bad luck. Nobody could have foresaw something like that. Redden and Rozsival... they speak for themselves in every game they play.
As for Prospal, I thought he was a great pickup. He brings a lot of energy to the Rangers and for just $1M a year. For such an old coot Sather seems to be learning lately.
Sather: Hey Kotalik, I just traded you to Calgary.
Kotalik: I refuse!! Calgary is one of the teams I have in my NTC
Sather: I gave you a NTC?
Kotalik: Indeed you did
Sather: If you don't go to Calgary you are going to Hartford.
(Puts cigar out on Kotaliks forehead)
Listen, we gained some cap space. That is change enough right this second.
Cap space gained next year, when they have to re-sign Staal, Girardi, Prospal, and actually, ya'know, fix this incredible mess.
They actually lost about 220,000 in cap space for this season, so they still don't have the cap money this year to do anything about what really ails this team. Jokinen will get thrown onto the first line here, when he's no longer anything more than a second or third liner.
One of the callers just said kotalik is a big name player and thinks the flames can get a 1st rounder for him
PS - If for some magical reason that caller is reading this,kotalik dosen't get to pick 3 teams he WANTS to go to,he picks 3 teams he CAN'T be dealt to.
I'll tell you what, the guy who mentioned the Kotalik/Afinogenov connection might be on to something. If Maxim has been talking to Waddell about possible Kovalchuk fill-ins. He might have gave Kotalik a good word.
Just a thought, probably the best call I've heard since I've been listening, at least on possible ideas of what's coming.