With the New York Rangers eliminated from playoff contention, team fires General Manager and Team President
One Big Thing: Rangers Front Office Gets New Look
What We Know: After a chippy 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night officially eliminated the New York Rangers from Stanley Cup playoff contention, the Rangers decided a change was in order. Owner James Dolan announced that both Team President, John Davidson, and General Manager, Jeff Gorton were being relieved of their duties immediately.
What Comes Next: Announced immediately after the firings, former New York Rangers forward and captain Chris Drury was promoted from Associate General Manager to fill both the roles of General Manager and Team President. Former Rangers GM Glen Sather will be joining the team again as an advisor to help smoothen the transition of power in New York.
According to ESPN, Chris Drury was in contention for GM positions around the NHL but passed to stay in New York. Head Coach David Quinn’s job security has to come in question now. Other former Rangers such as legend Mark Messier have come forward saying they are ready and willing to help when called upon.
Chris Drury registered 615 points in his 892-game NHL career | @90s_00s_nhl
Why Now: This move came as a shock to many people as the Rangers rebuild seemed to be ahead of schedule in many ways. The Rangers missed the playoffs during a COVID-19 restricted season in potentially the hardest division to make the playoffs in. All signs point to the New York Rangers ownership feeling that Drury was the future leader all along, and they did not want to risk the hot commodity taking a similar role for another franchise. Only time will tell if Dolan and the rest of the Rangers ownership group have made the right decision.
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A Question for the Peanut Gallery
Can Chris Drury make the Rangers Stanley Cup contenders?