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Slats finally gave up the coaching reins Click Here (sports.espn.go.com) (Tom Renney steps up as interim coach) but he should have given up the GM mantle as well. He has been pathetic and should not now be in charge of what could be a freewheeling & dealing purge at the deadline.

The NY Post says Messier to the Wings has been discussed. Kovalev and Nedved both have contracts that expire at the end of the season. And Erica Lindros has been cleared to resume light workouts. Brian Leetch should not be traded no matter what the offer.



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I've heard rumours that the Leafs are looking at Brian Leetch and that they'll pick up either him or Gonchar.

I hope that whoever they do pickup will work a lot better than Phil Housley(and his funky helmet) last year.
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I think the Leafs should just talk Phil Housley out of retirement.

Brian Leetch is past his time, but if he comes more or less for free he'd be worth grabbing. Gonchar could be the acquisition of the season for the team that gets him, though.

As for Sather, I don't blame him for what's happening. His strength in Edmonton was being able to (having to?) show patience, develop players, and bring the team along more slowly. Of course, in New York, if you're not dumping money into any pocket that will take it you're not trying to win. If you can't spend wisely just spend anyway, otherwise the NY press crucifies you for being cheap.

Let's face it...if you're an 8-10th place team and you've got people telling you to make the team win tomorrow, what do you do? You go get Jagr. You go get Kovalev. If your job rides on the ability to find a quick fix, you don't have a lot of options open.

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Leetch is hardly past his time. He is the only player who brings it every night. He logs 30+ minutes a night and he has been stuck with defense partners like Lawrence Nycholat for most of this season. He would make any contender out there a favorite.

When Sather got here he had the rep of being able to do a lot with a little and being able to identify & develop young players. Then he got to NYC, got a feel of Dolan's wallet and caught Neil Smith disease. We are 7 years without the playoffs and the fans I know have been screaming for him to stop spending and start rebuilding for awhile. Big Deal Neil started the franchise rolling downhill and Slats has done his best to help it gain speed. This isn't even a trainwreck worth watching anymore.

except for tonight when we beat the fishstix - again.



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The sports radio guys here in St Louis are saying that Joel Quinnville has been contacted already to take over the Rangers. I dont see how that would be a good move, he has had talented teams in the past, and not been able to do much with them in the playoffs. Besides, he would lose his cool with the two or three reporters that cover the blues, how would he hold up in New York?



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