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Houston: Sather's farewell season? Add to ...

According to hockey insiders, Glen Sather turned down a five-year contract extension with the New York Rangers during the summer, leading to speculation this will be last season as president and general manager of the club.

Sather, 64, apparently isn't interested in continuing in hockey past the conventional retirement age of 65. Sather has earned millions from property development in Alberta as well as from hockey. Should the Rangers, one of the top ranked teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference, win the Stanley Cup next spring, Sather could make his exit.

NHL watchers would view his departure as the end of era, and also beginning of a new era in which recently retired players such as Mark Messier and Scott Mellanby would begin moving into top management positions.

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