James Dolan had plenty to say Tuesday, and he didn’t relegate his comments to basketball. Speaking to both New York sports talk radio stations after the announcement of the Knicks’ hiring of Phil Jackson as team president, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden addressed many of the questions surrounding the Rangers — the second in line in his stable of professional franchises that call the Garden home. First and foremost, Dolan took on the subject of Rangers general manager Glen Sather, who Dolan has said has his job for as long as he wants it. “I have great faith in Glen Sather and think he has made some fantastic moves with the team,” Dolan told The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio, hours before the Rangers’ 8-4 victory over the Senators at the Canadian Tire Center. “He has pulled off some trades that I still don’t know how he has gotten the other team to agree.” Dolan added this while talking to Mike Francesca on WFAN: “I trust Sather and think he is the best in the business. That team is competing for a playoff spot.” One of those Sather transactions so lauded was moving Blueshirts captain Ryan Callahan at the trade deadline, sending him to Tampa Bay along with a first- and second-round pick for the Lightning’s captain, 38-year-old Martin St. Louis, who had yet to score in his first seven games with the Blueshirts. “Ryan [Callahan] essentially was asking too much for his services,” Dolan said, “and was going to hamstring the team with that, and I think Glen did the right thing.” Dolan also addressed his relationship with former coach John Tortorella, who was fired this offseason just two years after making it to the Eastern Conference finals.
Dolan: Rangers GM Sather ‘best in the business’
New York Post | Mar 19