54 years, 54 years.......Remember NY Ranger fans?
I am getting worried that we Ranger fans are in for another half century of pain unless the OR GAN I ZA TION wakes up and fires the architect of the last nine years of mediocrity, Glen Sather.
Don't get me wrong, I remember Sather as a player on the Blue shirts back in the early seventies and we all know about all those championships in Edmonton. I also remember when the Flyers last one, as well. (see Philadelphia pain)
The Garden is the "worlds most famous arena" and New York fans are loyal and bleed the colors of their teams. Its just that we need a transfusion once in a while! (see NY Yankees of the 90's)
The Dolans' are obviously only concerned with revenue and are not passionate enough owners who will take the steps to evoke REAL CHANGE! What hurts the most is listening to Devils fans, some of which live in my home, banter about how the Devils win without over paying the yearly has beens and without the same fan base as the Rangers. I hate to admit it, but I am running out of ammo to debate that fact. So, what can we do?
A Few names come to mind who can fix this problem. The first two are an obvious combo who not only have the love and passion, but who would have the respect of any player.
1) John JD Davidson- Pres./GM - I have no idea how he got away in the first place! How can you let this NY Ranger icon leave? JD is the man to get this team back on track.
2) Mark Messier- Give him any job he wants! Coach or GM. Now I know what some of you are thinking. Look at Gretzky as a coach, right? Wrong! Messier has more fire and passion that the Great One, for the job! He will lead and they will play and play hard!
3rd and last ditch idea- Lou Lamoriello- Why would he ever leave the Devils, you ask? They win, win and win some more. Its called
THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE. He would not even have to relocate. All the Rangers would have to do is make him the highest paid executive in NHL history! That should not be a problem to the Dolans who have been overpaying for bad talent for years!
Listen, John Torterella is a good coach and should be given a chance, but he at least needs a GM that will work with him and leave that ego behind. Sather needs to go relax back in Canada and chew the fat with other past their prime Canucks. Hey, I have a challenge for Glen, as well. Bring the cup back to Canada!