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Sather “didn’t want to dismantle” Rangers for Nash

Feb 27, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

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If you had to name a GM who might be bold/crazy enough to meet the Columbus Blue Jackets’ price for Rick Nash, Glen Sather and the New York Rangers had to be high on the list, right?

That assumption isn’t based on Internet and old media conjecture alone, either. Sather has developed a borderline addiction to “The Big Move,” usually with cartoonish-explosion-to-the-face results.*

Despite “lusting” after that next big fix, Sather & Co.’s best offer was one that Scott Howson was able to refuse. Sather provided a big-picture view of why he decided not to make the offer a little richer, as Mike Mazzeo reports for ESPN.

“I like our team, and I wasn’t going to dismantle pieces out of the organization, although it was written just about every different scenario you can imagine,” Sather said. “We’re not ready to do anything like that.”

A golden opportunity

On one hand, the Ranger’s interest in Nash makes a ton of sense. A so-so offense is one thing that makes the contending team feel a shade below elite. There’s also the thought that the window might not be open like this again anytime soon considering Sidney Crosby‘s injury issues, Philadelphia’s goalie woes, Washington’s identity crisis and any number of other Eastern Conference scenarios.

Versus a bright future

Even with that in mind, my gut instinct is to say that Sather was saved from himself. His batting average with bold moves is at a single-A level; even relatively decent recent ones like Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards haven’t been home runs.

Nope, the Rangers are succeeding in a large part because of Henrik Lundqvist and the hard-working core that the team developed through patient development and savvy, subtler pickups.

Will it be enough to win this year? Perhaps not, but Nash likely would have cost pieces that could make them a sexier choice in the future.

* Bobby Holik, Chris Drury, Wade Redden, etc. etc.

  1. firemarshal1 - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    No move was the best move. Now, NYR’s have a bright future with young core players. Kneider will be a nice additional next year to already very talented team. The team is playing better tonight, now the deadline is over.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Not making a move was the best move Sather could have made.

  3. afc22 - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I think it’s hard to compare Nash to Holik and company, but i’m ok that this deal didn’t go through. I give Sather credit for looking seriously into a deal but showing some restraint and not including the most valuable young players in the offer, i’m happier to keep them.

  4. danphipps01 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    That’s two “sexier”s in as many posts. You trying to tell us something, James?

  5. stakex - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    “Even with that in mind, my gut instinct is to say that Sather was saved from himself.”

    Exactly. Sather was saved from himself by the simple fact Columbus set a price that was so high, not even Sather would go for it. They clearly didn’t want to trade Nash with the outrageous price they asked, but if the price was ever so slightly lower I think Sather would have gone for it. So as a Rangers fan, I for one would like to thank Columbus and their laughable offer.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    I was shocked he didn’t sell the farm for Nash, though he tried to give them a substantial deal. It’s amazing he’s been able to field a competitive team with his horrible free agent signings. Holik, Drury, Redden (yikes) & don’t forget Scott Gomez.
    I’m sure he says Hail King Lundvquist every night before he goes to bed

  7. hulkhogan69 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Gaborik was a great signing in fact Sather’s best big name signing as Rangers GM. Richards has been extremely underwhelming, so time will tell on that one.

  8. kicksave1980 - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Stakex- Look, I’m not a Columbus fan, but to call the Jackets offer (if that’s really what it was) laughable is…laughable. Everyone thinks their teams prospects are going to be great, but the fact is, Rick Nash doesn’t come along very often. If the guys that Howson asked for combine to have a Rick Nash type of career, it will be a rarity.

    I’ll take a known asset over an unknown every day of the week. It’s hard to get a great player, and it’s even harder to develop one.

  9. broadstbully33 - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Rangers suck and will be out in first round

  10. firemarshal1 - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Hey broadstbully33, the last time I checked, the Rangers have beaten the Flyers the last SEVEN times. Was that a fluke? The Philadelphia Flyers remind me of the old NYR teams of the early 80’s, old and over hyped.

  11. homelanddefense - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    As a Bruins fan, I was hoping Sather would blow that team up to get Nash. The Rangers are a tough, YOUNG team that is going to be good for a long time.

  12. broadstbully33 - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    old???? we play 9 rookies everynight dumbass…and flyers are retooling this tear that’s the only reason nyr is having a good year wash pity and phily are having off years enjoy your one season in the spotlight and giroux is better than your whole team

  13. brucebullet - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    There’s nothing more pathetic than a Flyers fan posting about a Rangers story. Someone seriously needs to get a life.

  14. sk1rmish - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Bully33 take your ignorant comments somewhere else. They aren’t retooling this year. They added big contracts… This Is supposed to be their year. It just fell through lol. Way to go Philly!

  15. homelanddefense - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    There are a few posters on this site that are just trolls. I really wish they would ban IP addresses for people who come here just to start crap and post garbage.

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