Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 7/11/12

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27: General Manager and President Glen Sather of the New York Rangers works the phones during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
That may be a too great of a request for some, but its what every true fan of the New York Rangers must do.

The team has lacked that blockbuster free-agent signing or trade thus far in the offseason, and that's not a bad thing. GM Glen Sather has opted to make the smaller, low-profile moves by improving the quality and depth of the bottom six.

Out are Brandon Prust, John Mitchell and Ruslan Fedotenko and in come Talyor Pyatt, Arron Asham and the newly signed Jeff Halpern. They aren't flashy, however, they're solid hockey moves contenders make to improve themselves in the salary cap era.

Most of us still sting from the free-agent blunders of Sather's past. Scott Gomez. Chris Drury. Bobby Holik. Wade Redden.

Do I need to keep going?

Sather has made his mistakes, but the man deserves credit: he hasn't made a Wade Redden-type signing since Wade Redden. From the summer of 2008, the subsequent admittance it was a mistake (Redden now happily resides as a member of the Connecticut Whale) till now, the Rangers have hunkered down to build a team from within, not with money, and use free agency to add complimentary pieces.

The two biggest accomplishments by Sather to change his fortunes with fans who now don't view him as badly are committing to and developing youth and the famous Scott Gomez for Ryan McDonagh trade.

For Sather to unload Gomez's contact and not only receive a stud defenseman that a team can build around, but use the cap savings to sign Marian Gaborik can be pointed to as a turning point in not only Sather's tenure on Broadway, but a ray of light for the franchise. It was a transaction that marked the beginning of trek upwards for New York.

Sather's other move, which comes with controversy amongst the fan base, was hiring John Tortorella.

Say what you will about Torts' line juggling and overbearing attitude, but the Rangers' youth movement, putting kids in positions to help the team and not trading away prospects for older players for a quick run at a Cup all belong to Tortorella's faith in the young players. Without Tortorella convincing management the current way of building team is the right way, who knows what Sather would've done with the team.

But, Sather is a changed man and those two specific moves are proof. He's shown fiscal restraint and a willingness to bring in people to enhance the team through proper scouting and drafting. Gordie Clark has been a revalation for loyal followers craving homegrown talent, and he and Sather have provided it.

While we all wait for Sather to find the Rangers a legitimate scorer to put the team over the top, just know one thing: it won't come at the expense of losing the youth that has re-energzied a fan base and a franchise now on the right track to success.  

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