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Glen Sather (New York Rangers)

Glen Sather (New York Rangers)

It is kind of funny to be asked what I think Glen Sather is going to do next with the New York Rangers especially since there is plenty of time before training camp begins. Personally I think Glen Sather is going to go on vacation and enjoy himself for most of August before returning to work.

Other than signing John Moore, it is very hard to see the New York Rangers doing anything until they see what happens first at Traverse City and then from the main training camp. I have watched Sather since the 1980’s when he was with the Edmonton Oilers and the biggest thing I have learned about Glen Sather is to avoid his temper.

If there is one mistake people make when it comes to Sather is that they think he doesn’t learn and change how he does things. During the now 15 years with the Rangers, I have watched Sather change in many ways especially since the 2004-2005 lockout.

If anything the only thing that I haven’t seen Glen Sather change is that he won’t use a first round pick on a QMJHL player. It is something that goes back to his days with the Oilers and why I really don’t know considering his two main draft experts Gordie Clark and Jeff Gorton are rooted in the New England area which is QMJHL territory.

That said then I think that the Rangers next move will depend on three situations; the first is whether or not Glen Sather thinks he can get Marc Staal to sign a contract for less money than Ryan McDonagh. If as expected that Ryan McDonagh is named the next captain of the Rangers then his salary will become limit for any future contracts for Ranger defensemen.

The second is can one of the Ranger prospect defensemen (Conor Allen, Matthew Bodie or Dylan McIlrath) show that they are NHL ready. If you want to place a wager on which defenseman would be the one the Rangers expect to replace Staal with then bet on Allen.

Bodie would make John Moore expendable if Moore isn’t careful with his salary demands. Bodie could give the Rangers offense from the blueline that Moore hasn’t. McIlrath would be a third pair defender to use with either Dan Boyle or Bodie.

The third is going to be the battle for the third line center position between J.T. Miller and Oscar Lindberg. While many think the job is Miller’s to lose, I don’t as I question whether Miller can win back Ranger coach Alain Vigneault’s confidence and earn a roster spot. I say that Oscar Lindberg should be seen as the favorite for the 3rd line center position mainly because he plays a stronger two-way game than Miller does.

If neither Lindberg or Miller can’t win the job in training camp then expect Glen Sather to dangle his best trading chip which is Marc Staal even if he is in his last year of his contract. With the Rangers only having 1.33 million left in open cap space then finding any kind of experienced third line center (even off the remains of the UFAs)  means that Sather is going to need to shed some salary and Staal’s almost 4 million dollars in cap space is the Rangers best option.

If you are going to offer up Anthony Duclair as an option then let me break it to you, Duclair’s future is at wing as he was barely used as a center last season with the Quebec Remparts. The Rangers really don’t have any other options from the prospects that is legit NHL ready for next season.

Expect Marc Staal’s days as a Ranger to end sooner rather than later if Glen Sather isn’t happy with how the Ranger training camp goes.

Team USA Summer Camp Day 2

It was Team Blue facing Team White in a scrimmage/game as the two rosters played two 25 minute half’s. Keegan Iverson (2014 3rd) was used as a 4th line right wing for Team White while goalie Brandon Halverson (2014 2nd) was the 2nd goalie to play for Team Blue.

Iverson was quiet with no shots or penalties as he was used with fellow Portland Winterhawks player Dom Turgeon. Halverson gave up 2 goals on the first 2 shots he faced but settled down and stopped 9 shots as Team Blue won 5-2.

Day 3 will see Iverson and Team White face Sweden while Halverson and Team Blue faces Finland.

Posted by Jess Rubenstein | August 3, 2014 at 05:59 am

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