It just seems that since Torts took over, the whole way this organization works has changed, for the better. I gotta go with Torts on this one.
Torts certainly talks like a coach who is control, not often you hear a coach say we need to give the kids time...he certainly seems to be in it for the long haul and doesn't appear to feel his job is in jeapordy if he misses the playoffs.
[/RIGHT]FLA;30213022]I think Sather became a puppet of Tortorella. So be it. Makes me agree what Sather's doing then.
I always loved Tortorella. The guy knows his ****.
I can't help but feel the same. Torts must be calling the shots because we all know too well that youth isn't Sathers game. If that's the case then I have to say it's rather comforting knowing torts is the real GM because I trust him a hell of a lot more than Sather.
Some fans wanted Laviolette. I'm not so sure he would have been so much outspoken about the organization needing to go with the kids. Trading some vets in favor of going with a kid even. Avoid signing Kolvachuck as well as other UFA.
He's definitely played a big role in this lets build from within philosophy.
Torts gutted this team when he got here, torts kinda guys have been brought in prospal and feds, and guys that play right into his system have been brought in. And you have to think torts has a big say in what sather does with his checkbook and tradepieces at the deadline, draft and offseason. Gotta give it to torts he's getting it done.
Sather still has the reins people...to think otherwise is insane. He has given Tortorella a long leash, as it were, but Sather is running everything. We know Slats isn't a big media guy so its no surprise he hasn't been saying much.
It just seems like an awkward question. I mean Torts is the coach so he leads the team day-to-day, but Sather is the GM so he leads general direction of the franchise. There really should be an option that gives them both their due.
I think Sather is slowly phasing himself out of being GM. It wasn't too long ago we were chanting Fire Sather at MSG and calling for his head on these boards and even rallying outside MSG. I also think he's decided to take a more hands-off approach to managing and concentrating only on the business side of things.
Mark Messier has been "special assistant to the GM" and rumored to be Sather's "apprentice" so that Mess can take over when he retires.
I really think Sather has changed the way he manages things, and gives Torts a lot of freedom and leeway to do things the way he wants to do them. This season and last season really felt like Sather basically said to Torts: tell me who and what you want and I'll go do my best to get them for you. Money is no object either.
and like SupersonicMonkey said I think NYR is run more like a committee with Sullivan, Torts, Schoenfeld, Sather and Clark collaborating instead of the typical Top-down managerial system you see in most places.
Whatever it is their doing, it's working and I have no complaints.