so it looks like Sather is finally going to step down. It's better to leave then to be fired.Glen Sather is set to grant the Madison Square Garden faithful their wish. The New York Post reports Sather has decided to step down as head coach of the New York Rangers.
According to the newspaper, Sather met with Garden CEO Jim Dolan on Tuesday to discuss relinquishing his coaching duties. He will continue to be the team's president and general manager.
For the past month, Sather has been greeted by chants of "Fire Sather" by fans as the Rangers continue to struggle on the ice despite a league-high $70-million payroll. Dolan has come to the defence of Sather each time, saying he would remain behind the bench for the rest of the season. As late as last Tuesday, Sather said he had no intention of stepping down as head coach.
Assistants Tom Renney and Terry O'Reilly have been mentioned as likely replacements with Hartford Wolfpack general manager Jim Schoenfeld also being considered.
Sather is expected to make the official announcement prior to practice on Wednesday.
Whoever replaces Sather behind the bench will be the fourth coach in as many years since he assumed the general manager's reigns in New York, which has seen six coaching changes since they last qualified for the playoffs in 1996-97.
Since Sather replaced Bryan Trottier as coach of the Rangers 90 games ago, he has amassed a 33-39-11-7 record. With 20 games remaining in the season, the Rangers are in real danger of missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
The Rangers have won just four of their last 19 games and sit 14 points behind the rival New York Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.