Just got off a conference call with Glen Sather. A couple of highlights:
<li>Not surprisingly, he said he entertained offers from a number of teams about prospects and young players, but made clear he didn’t want to compromise the Rangers’ future. He also said given the way the team is playing he didn’t want to disrupt the team’s current chemistry.
“In this game to make a deal that makes sense you really have to give up something to get something,â€ Sather said. â€œThereâ€™s a good feeling about this team right now. I really didnâ€™t want to afect the chemistry that we have on this team and I donâ€™t think the coaches wanted me to, either.â€
<li>That said, Sather was willing to trade Al Montoya in part because goaltending coach Benoit Allaire thinks David LeNeveu has promise. “Benoit thinks he can really resurrect this guy,” Sather said.
Also, Sather said the surprising play of Miika Wiikman made Montoya more expendable.
<li>As expected, Josh Gratton will go to Hartford, but is an option to bring up to New York if Colton Orr’s upper body injury doesn’t heal soon.
<li>He reiterated there was no thought to trading Jaromir Jagr. Asked if he wanted to re-sign Jagr, Sather said, “We’ll see how things develop…I love the way he’s been playing.” As for Michal Rozsival and Sean Avery, Sather said he will continue to negotiate with both players over the coming weeks, but he did express confidence in being able to re-sign them.
<li>The Swedish hockey community being fairly small, Henrik Lundqvist apparently knows Christian Back and Fred Sjostrom well. No word on how well he knows Wally Backman.