As I was wasting more of my life on YouTube today I decided to watch one of the Rangers top, if not the top, prospect Alexei Cherepanov, aka the Siberian Express. Here's the link if you’re interested http://youtube.com/watch?v=KeanH3tLnoM
. At one point in this video an analyst mentioned that the Rangers had already stitched Cherepanov in the back of the jersey. Now I'm not one to debate Sather's psychic abilities, but how would he know the Siberian Express would drop that low. Sure, I guess he could ask the other teams who their planning on drafting, but are they going to go by what they say. It amazes me that Sather saw this coming. This guy knows how the league works, and that’s why I think he's the BEST GM IN THE LEAGUE. I won’t praise Sather too much for just this because Cherepanov has yet to come to the league let alone make an impact.
Let's look at more of Sather's genius, how bout' the recent trade, (no not the Hollweg trade, even though a 5th round pick for that goon is a steal) Zherdev and Fritsche for Tyutin and Backman. Most people looking at this trade may concentrate more on the stupidity of Columbus's GM. Not me I look at Sather. I have no doubt in my mind that Sather made Tyuts and Backman's values seem MUCH more than it really is. C'mon a potential superstar, and a young grinder for a steady d-man and a give-a-way machine. Though I will miss tyuts, and backman had episodes of brilliance, neither of them will amount to Zherdev. And let’s not forget Fritsche, who is far from a depth forward. Oh and did I mention that both Zherdev and Fritsche are only 23 years old.
Many people concentrate so much on how Sather over pays players like Drury, Gomez, and Redden. I will not sit here and say that these players have earned this money. But what other players should we have sent this money at? Sure both are overpaid, but both are also GREAT defensively, one almost gave Gionta a 50 goal season, and the other is one of the most clutch players in the game, an attribute I consider PRICELESS. Let's not forget Redden, 6.5 a year. Does he deserve it? Ask me 2 years ago and the answer is yes, but ask me now the answer is no. But here is a solid fact. THERE IS NOBODY ELSE. Campbell is a question mark when it comes to defense, and do me a favor and check who the UFA d-men are next year. Aucoin is the best d-man on that list. Niedermeyer, Zubov, and Schneider are on it but most likely all of them are going to retire. The Rangers needed a puck-mover, and they got it. Did you really want to wait 5 years for Sanguinetti to become a #1 d-man?
So I ask all Ranger fans to please trust Sather. He knows what he's doing, and he knows a lot more than you.