According to multiple reports, New York Rangers’ President and former General Manager — and, well, former coach too — Glen Sather will be stepping down at the year’s end.
Glen Sather will be retiring by season's end, as President of NYR. He will still be an advisor, but he will not be involved in the day to day operation of the team.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 4, 2019
Considering his role in Edmonton and NYC, Sather has to be considered one of the most influential of all time.
Sather, who has been with the Rangers since 2000 and has brought in zero Stanley Cups after boasting that if he had control of the Rangers’ level of finances he would win every year, is reportedly going to stay on as an adviser to the organization.
He served as general manager since his hire in 2000, went 33-39-11-7 (11 ties, 7 OT losses) in 90 games behind the bench, oversaw the tail end of the seven-year “Dark Ages,” and never brought the hardware to the city despite using his final two seasons as GM to go for it at all costs.
This will end a long and complicated chapter in Rangers’ history, with far more bad than good in terms of on ice results and failures.
Brooks also speculates (in the above linked story) this could create some turmoil internally as well:
For it is unknown how Sather’s departure and the hiring of a new president to run the hockey department would impact general manager Jeff Gorton. Sather, of course, selected Gorton to be his successor after first hiring him over the summer of 2007.
Incoming bosses tend to hire their own people, even if not immediately.
More to come as we know it.