Sather Staying With Rangers At Least One More Year As Rebuild Starts
NHL Rangers President Glen Sather has "agreed to stay with the organization at least through next season" for what will be his 19th with the team, according to Justin Tasch of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Sather joined the Rangers as President & GM in '00 after leading the Oilers to five Stanley Cups over 21 years. He "stepped aside" from his GM post in '15, with Jeff Gorton taking over that role. The Rangers have made the playoffs in 11 of the past 12 seasons, but with a deep run "seeming unlikely this season amid poor play and mounting injuries, Sather, Gorton and Co. are looking to freshen up the roster with youth and speed" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/13). In N.Y., Larry Brooks notes reconstruction of the Rangers "began in earnest last summer." Gorton has "past experience -- and success -- in overseeing an organizational revamp" (N.Y. POST, 2/13). The Rangers are currently two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (THE DAILY).
STANDING PAT: Brooks reports MSG "will not increase prices" for '18-19 season tickets if the Rangers "fail to qualify" for the playoffs for the first time since '10. Renewal notices were "sent early last week to subscribers, who were notified of a new 11-month payment-plan option beginning next month." MSG has "given ticket holders the right to cancel their subscriptions if prices increase" for '18-19 (N.Y. POST, 2/13).