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Reports: Sather Set As Rangers’ GM

May 31, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Glen Sather, who spent 24 years with the Edmonton Oilers and built a dynasty in the 1980s, has been hired as general manager of the New York Rangers, The New York Times and Edmonton Sun reported today.

The Sun said Sather and his wife were headed to New York from their Southern California home, and an announcement was expected Thursday before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals between Dallas and New Jersey.

A Rangers spokesman said the team had no comment on the reports and no news conference has been scheduled.

The Times said two NHL officials confirmed that Sather had agreed to terms, but he refused to comment when reached at his home.

Sather resigned as president and general manager of the Oilers on May 19. He would succeed Neil Smith, fired as Rangers GM after the team failed to make the playoffs for the third straight year.

The Rangers also dismissed John Muckler as coach and there was speculation Sather might bring Oilers coach Kevin Lowe to New York with him. Lowe is also a candidate to succeed Sather as Edmonton’s front office boss.

Under Sather, the Oilers, led by Wayne Gretzky, won Stanley Cups in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990. Sather coached the first four title teams, with Muckler coaching the fifth one.

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