The restructuring of the Rangers management has begun on the ice. Chris Drury, 44, the assistant general manager, will become the team’s new president and general manager. Drury, the 1999 NHL Rookie, spent the last four seasons of his playing career with the Rangers and joined the team’s front office in 2015. Glen Sather, who has been lead advisor to the team since 2019, will work with Drury during the transition period.
The Rangers have not played the traditional NHL playoffs since the 2016-17 season, despite participating in last year’s postseason format, which was expanded because the coronavirus pandemic interrupted the season.
“We’d like to thank JD and Jeff for their contributions to the organization,” said James L. Dolan, the team owner. said in a statement Announcing the redundancies of Davidson and Gorton. “Both are great hockey professionals who have worked hard for the Rangers, but for the team to be as successful as our fans deserve, the leadership must be changed.”
Davidson said at his introductory press conference two years ago that he was eager to work with Gorton and coach David Quinn to develop a culture of accountability to Rangers. Quinn, the former Boston University men’s hockey coach, is finishing his third season behind the Rangers’ bench.
Gorton, 52, and Davidson, 68 oversaw a rebuilding that started in earnest Letter sent to the fan base Since then, the Rangers have made six first-round draft picks, including announced striker Kaapo Kakko in 2nd place in 2019 and Alexis Lafreniere in 1st place in 2020.
“There are no quick fixes,” Davidson said when he was hired. “It’s hard work, it’s patience, and it’s got determination.”