Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/4/14
After today's huge announcement that the New York Rangers had acquired Rick Nash, Steve Delisle and a third-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Aretm Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round, GM Glen Sather and his new prized acquisition met with the media in a conference call.

*Courtesy of Rick Carpinello of Rangers Report.

Glen Sather:

Doesn’t want to discuss the proposals at deadline. “It took a long time, I’ll tell you that much. …”

“We’re happy to have a 5-time all-star and a 40-goal scorer, one of the better goal scorers in the NHL. 28 years old.

“I’m sure it was difficult for Scott to make the decision to trade him as it was difficult for us to trade the players we traded.”

“It was pretty much continuous. Before the deadline we were pretty active … I didn’t want to make the deal he wanted, and he didn’t accept what I was trying to trade to him. It’s been a continuous process. We talked a lot.”

“I would think (preserved core of team). Brandon and Artie were a piece of that core, but we think we’ve strengthened our club with the deal and there are still people we’re going to be talking to.”

“If you look at the total amount of the money traded we come out on the upside of this one, and you also have to remember Artie has one year left on his contract and he’s going to be looking (for a raise). The money is a wash. It doesn’t affect us as far as the cap is concerned. At this stage we don’t have any idea where (the CBA) is going to go.”

“We’re always trying to improve the team. The opportunity was here at the trade deadline. We couldn’t make it go. We always felt we could use a little more offense, especially with Gaborik (out). This changes the complexion of our team. It won’t change the way we play, but he’s a world class player. and he’s excited to come to NY.”

For the rest of the conference call, click the "Read More" tab below.

Sather continued...

“Most of these guys have grown up togehter. They’ve got good chemistry. I think by addng Nash it doesn’t break up our hockey club. He’s basically same age as the rest of our hockey club and we have more young players who will come into the field sooner or later. You don’t get a chance to make a deal (like this) very often. This is a very important deal for our hockey club.”

“I tried to make the deal at the trade deadline. We werent successful at that time. Losing Gaborik is still a big hurt for our team at this point in time. But Gaborik is going to be just fine. That wasn’t the reason we made the deal for Nash.”

“I just think it was a deal we couldn’t turn down.”

Weber offer sheet didn’t have any impact, he said. “Didn’t have anything to do with this.”

On Torts’ style and Nash’s style:

“Absolutely. I haven’t a worry in the world about that.”

“Tortorella has coached against him and knew very well what his style was. Everyone in our organization was after this guy.”

Rick Nash:

“I was very excited. Looking forward to this opportunity and helping what I think is already pretty special what they have going on with the Rangers.”

“It was a tough time, a tough period of five months. The good thing is it’s over and I can look forward to next year.”

“I think they already are one of the top teams in the league and the players they have there is pretty impressive right from the goaltender and the defense and right on up. I’m proud to be part of the organizaiton and the whole city.”

On playing with Richards in the Olympics:

“I think it will be great. When you play in a quick tournament like that, it helps. … Right now I’m not worried about those type things. I’m looking forward to a new chapter.”

Impressed with Callahan as a captain. Said it’s a tough job in NYC.

“We don’t see him much, but I know from watching games and playing against him he’s a heart-and-soul player and he’ll do whatever it takes to get a win.”

On asking for trade and why Rangers:

“Initially I went in with Scott Howson and trying to get a gameplan … was told there was going to be a rebuild. I’ve been here nine years and felt I could be a main piece of a rebuild for them …. i could help them rebuild and help my career … I thought the Rangers were perfect. I think it was a great fit for my style.”

On the pre-deadline game at MSG:

“It was tough. It was definitely mentally draining. I took it as another game. That’s pretty tough to do. … with all that around it and the whole situation I tried to be professional and take it like another game.”

  • It's a great day if you're a Rangers fan. Sather won the staring contest with Scott Howson, giving up assest yet keeping the premium young talent (Kreider, McDonagh, Stepan) on Broadway. Not exactly Gomez for McDonagh, but still up there as a steal.
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