“This is the decision that I made…I think I made the right decision” – Glen Sather #NYR
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 29, 2013
There’s this great saying, that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
There’s also another great saying. That the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.
And there you can interchange “Glen Sather” with “insanity.”
Yes, this is in response to the firing of John Tortorella as head coach of the New York Rangers. I guess like many, it came as a surprise but it was not exactly shocking. One cannot fire a whole team, so you fire the coaches. And unfortunately, with Torts, the buck stopped with him many time.
Most notably, now, with the recent ousting of the Rangers in the Eastern semis to the Boston Bruins.
“We’ll find the right guy (new coach).” – Glen Sather #NYR
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 29, 2013
Well here is a novel thought, Slats…GET BETTER PLAYERS YOU FUCKING MORON!
I haven’t yet finished my Rangers season wrap-up (and it’s coming, don’t you worry), yet, I’m already getting agita from this bullshit going on into 2013-14.
Yes, this was a shortened season. Yes, I wasn’t crazy about the prospect of the whole “half a cup” thing. But goddammit, if I didn’t get excited about the playoffs this year.
Yet, I don’t think it’s Torts who failed his team. Rather, the team failed Torts.
Give the guy some credit. In a big media market, Torts took the pressure off his team and put it on himself. Never a media darling, the fans loved him because he could separate the emotional from the professional. Or at least the fans who liked him.
The fact is, whatever gave him his relationship with the players was his folly this year.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com wrote about the Seven Reasons Why the Rangers Fired Tortorella, and one of the reasons was that his top guys underperformed in the playoffs.
Yeah, no SHIT. But here’s a swell idea: How about we actually BLAME the players?
What a novel fucking idea. Instead of playing to win, they figure skated their way through round one, only to realize they can’t do that when the stakes are higher. Right?
What’s more, is Torts had every right to scratch Brad Richards during the playoffs. This is the same guy who underperformed ALL season…and he actually has a GOOD relationship with Tortorella! This is also the same guy who dormant during the lockout.
Sure, he may have kept in shape elsewhere. But the reality is, he underperformed the entire season.
Not to fucking mention, there was a BIG spot missed without Marc Staal healthy. Add that to the rising shit, and the Rangers were fucking lucky they made it TO the playoffs, let alone make it out of the first fucking round.
Yet, I have to ask, besides Sather basically solidifying future Stanley Cup runs in Columbus, what has he done that has made him so untouchable? James Dolan has been in rehab: clearly, there must be some kind of damning evidence that Sather has on him that warrants him to be the GM forever and ever.
Could it have been a fluke that the guys he got in the Marian Gaborik trade were hurt? And where the hell was Rick Nash? Did he NOT realize that yes, your goals count just as much in the playoffs as they do in regular season?
At the end of the day, Torts wasn’t out there NOT scoring on the power play. Torts didn’t tell Brad Richards – hey, put your job AND mine in jeopardy by forgetting how to play.
To get canned after a half season when it seemed like the team ran on its moxie and mojo from the year prior is an insult.
@coopz22 I’m with you dad on this the firing of Torts has me totally pissed off
— Stephen Keane (@kranepool) May 29, 2013
I’ve only been a Ranger fan since 1989. I’m one of the lucky ones, that I only had to wait five years to see my team win a championship. Like my dad and Kranepool Society, many other fans have been through some dysfunctional times. To see the team get so far and to fall short.
I’m not sure if Sather, like many people, expected John Tortorella to turn water into wine, or turn the shit that Sather throws to the wall and see if it sticks.
I can only hope that next season the Rangers make it TO the playoffs. Because Tortorella’s tenure brought back a legitimacy that hasn’t been seen since 1993-94 season. And remember how Mike Keenan left, and subsequently, cursed the team.
As long as Glen Sather is in charge, we’ll have fun watching these teams, but we’ll be watching a shitload of dysfunction too.