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Glen Sather: I Wasn’t Willing To ‘Dismantle’ Rangers For Nash

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Rangers certainly had interest in top forward Rick Nash, they just weren’t going to break up a successful team to pry him away from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After weeks of speculation and rumor, the Eastern Conference leaders stood pat on Monday and let the NHL trade deadline pass without meeting the high demands of the Blue Jackets – a club that is last in the league that was trying to score a huge return in exchange for their captain.

“They’ve played very well,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather said of his club. “The coaching staff likes the team that we have. I like our team. I wasn’t going to dismantle any of the pieces out of the organization.”

Nash ended up staying with the Blue Jackets, who said after the deadline came and went that the star forward had asked to be traded. Speculation of where he might land will surely grow again as the NHL draft and the summer approach.

“I don’t know what I can tell you about it,” said Sather. “It didn’t go anywhere.”

The Rangers pulled off one deal on Monday, landing hulking defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks. He cost only a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft back to the Blackhawks. Sather likes the versatility that the 6-foot-8, 270-pound, Scott provides as he can play either on defense or at forward.

He provides depth for the Rangers and takes some of the physical responsibility away from such players as Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming this month against some pretty rugged teams,” Sather said. “He’s a real good factor to stop that kind of fooling around that happens this time of the year. He gives us a little more depth on defense and he gives us a huge guy up front if we want to put him up front.”

With many teams still holding out hope they can get into the playoffs, there were more buyers than sellers – and that jacked up the prices.

“They seemed very high,” Sather said. “There are so many teams that are in the hunt. Then you have teams that weren’t in the hunt that were trying to get as much as they could, maximize their assets.

“We’re in a position now that we’ve got a lot of good youth in the organization. We’ve got good prospects. The nice thing about it is everybody evaluates your prospects for you.”

The 29-year-old Scott is in his fourth NHL season. It is his second with Chicago after a two-season stint with the Minnesota Wild. He has one goal and four assists in 140 career NHL games.

The Rangers (40-15-6) kept rolling Monday night with a 2-0 dismantling of New Jersey.

“We like our team, we like where we are, we like the youth we have. We’ve got a program in place and we want to stick with it,” Sather said. “I like the chemistry of the hockey team. I like the way they are playing. They don’t quit, they work hard. We don’t win every night but we’ve been winning our fair share.”
Are you glad the Rangers didn’t pull the trigger for Nash? Sound off below…

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  • rob sahm

    this is why sather built a dynasty in edmonton cause he is not stupid

  • Evy

    A roster of 20 skaters and the Rangers have three guys who have any idea of where the goal mouth is. Their best player is their goaltender and he doesn’t score much. If they don’t get another legitamant nhl scorer they will go out in the first round just like last year. Just the annual case of Sather not knowing what to do and Dolan too stupid to do anything. I am not a Yankee fan but where is Geo Steinbrenner when you need him.

  • Lou

    I think Slats feel in love wit the Nash deal to the exclusion of investigating others (due to cap space) and by the time he realized Nash wasnt coming it was too late. Should have gotten Knuble and Ott.

  • Mike

    I was looking at Nash’s career stats and they aren’t overwhelming. Best year was 40 goals and 79 points and those are very respectable numbers but not on a superstar level. According to the reports I read, Sather didn’t try to pull one over on the Blue Jackets but it apparently wasn’t good enough for them.


  • Matt

    So I guess that physical enforcer type wasn’t all that expensive after all. Granted he’s not the same offensive threat as Ott, but still, they got ‘tougher’ on the cheap, and I like this move.

    He’ll sit against most team, but I could see him playing against the Pens and Bruins where they need a more physical presence.

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