Rangers general manager Glen Sather is still having a tough time dealing with his top-seeded club's elimination in the Eastern Conference finals.
Sather, the architect of the Edmonton Oilers' dynasty teams in the 1980s, is still looking to build a champion in New York. He saw the Rangers reach the NHL final four, but they were knocked out in six games by the New Jersey Devils - their division and area rival.
''We just got knocked out a couple of days ago,'' said Wednesday at the NHL general managers meeting before the opener of the Stanley Cup finals. ''It's tough enough to go to bed at night and get up the next morning. You've got to adjust. It's like having a death in the family.''
Sather, who rarely speaks to reporters during the regular season, has another busy summer ahead of him. Rangers coach John Tortorella has already stated publicly that the club needs more scoring punch to go along with top-line forwards Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
Whether he can find it in the ...