NEW YORK, May 22, 2015 - The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather is a finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year.
In 2014-15, the mix of homegrown youth and veteran acquisitions Sather assembled orchestrated the most successful regular season in the Rangers' 89-year history. The Blueshirts established single-season franchise records in wins (53) and points (113) in 2014-15 while capturing the Presidents' Trophy for posting the league's top record during the regular season for the first time since 1993-94.
The Rangers were the only team that ranked third or higher in the NHL in both goals per game (third - 3.02) and goals against per game (third - 2.28) in 2014-15. New York finished a season third or higher in both categories for the first time since 1972-73. The Blueshirts also established single-season franchise records in road wins (28) and road points (58) this season. The Rangers' 28 road wins were tied for the most one Eastern Conference team posted in one season in NHL history.
With Sather at the helm, the Rangers have been one of only four NHL teams that have reached the playoffs at least nine times since the 2005-06 season. The Blueshirts are one of only two teams that have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs prior to the start of a regular season game over the last 10 seasons. The Rangers are also tied for second in the NHL in playoff games played since the start of the 2006 Playoffs (108).
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has won at least one playoff series in each of the last four seasons. New York ranks second in the NHL - and leads the Eastern Conference - in regular season and playoff wins combined since the start of the 2011-12 season (212), only trailing Chicago (213) in the category. The Rangers have also played in more playoff games than any other NHL team (72) and lead all Eastern Conference teams in playoff wins (37) since the start of the 2012 Playoffs.
*Note: All stats are through the completion of games on May 21