I have a hard time believing this. It may just be a stupid April Fool's joke by Sather. I cant say Ive ever heard of a GM talking to a part owner about making a trade for a the player drafted first overall in that year's draft who was 20 games into his career for 2 or 3 prospects/young players. That seems like a Milbury move to trade a young, high-caliber player for something like Dubinsky, Del Zotto, Grachev(the last two were still in Juniors). Plus since when does Sather talk to the media period? Let alone about trades that fell through.
And how were MDZ and Grachev doing at that time in the season as well? I'm not 100% sure, but didn't Grachev get off to a slow start with Brampton last year?
Trading an early 20's 1st round pick and a 3rd round pick for the first overall pick in the same draft (Who was playing in the NHL at that point in time while the other were still playing in the OHL), I think most fans would pretty happy. I mean I'd be streaking down the quad to the gymnasium (See if anyone gets that reference lol).
Honey, you think KFC is still open?
And we were never going to get Stamkos. I call BS from Sather/Brooks
Some things to consider: This was probably at a time when Barry Melrose was coach and Stamkos's ice time and production were very limited (his +/- rating was horrible and he didn't have more that 6-7 goals IIRC and the Bolts were playing pond hockey under Melrose (no system). Len Barrie was on the administrative staff and he's done/tried to do some really dumb things.
I think there may be some truth here. There were rumors that Stamkos was being shopped early last season and the Tampa owners came in as a "win now" group. Long term, it would have been a terrible move for Tampa and great for the Rangers but if you put yourself in the mentality of the Tampa owner a year and a half ago, it isn't implausible. It's been pretty well documented that Barrie was a whack job. That never hurts when you are trying to fleece someone.
This is a tactical move from sather to help secure his job. People will look at that and say, "he almost got us Stamkos? wow".
Yup, this was my first thought as well.
It's obvious that his days are numbered.
When was the last time Sather openly spoke to the media about a major trade that fell through, especially during the season?