Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather
spoke with the media shortly after making the announcement that head coach Bryan Trottier had been relieved of his coaching duties.
“I spoke to him in my office at the practice center. He came in after practice, sat down and we talked about it for a little while. I told him that I was going to make a change and I think he looked a little relieved. It was a shock, but at the same time, he looked like the weight of the world had been lifted off his shoulders at that point. He wasn’t happy about it. I don’t think anybody gets happy about something like that happening. But he took it like a man and said that he didn’t think he was the right guy for this group of players and that it would probably be the right thing to do.”
”I think Bryan is a terrific guy and a good coach. I just think that at this time, under these conditions and with this group of players, maybe it wasn’t the right fit. It was a decision that I made. Some of the decisions are good and some of them are bad. You have to live with those mistakes. I’m prepared to do it and go on and I’m sure the team is prepared and ready to go on.”
”I hope that this turns the team around and gets us into the playoffs and gets some success from a lot of people who have been making mistakes. All the players have to be held accountable for what happened. It’s a situation that nobody wants to see happen, but sometimes it does happen.”
”I try to do whatever I can to help improve the hockey team. You want to see the team grow and move ahead. I thought that the recent streak we were on, we were playing very well. But after that, we seemed to lose our edge and lose our composure in situations and we need to regain that. This is one way that will help us do that.”
”This team has underachieved. I think we’re a better team than we are on paper today. We’ve played some pretty good games in the first 50 … and some pretty poor games as well. We need a little more consistency and a little more discipline to be successful. I think this team has the right personnel to get into the playoffs and can do well if we can get there. I think we needed to do something to put them (the players) into the frame of mind that we need to pull together and unite this team and make them stronger. Hopefully, this is the right decision.”