Read: Jeff Gorton on replacing the players the Rangers lost and how they want to play

Rangers8/14/14 | 8:43AM: Jeff Gorton says that because of the Rangers success this past season and deep run into the playoffs, their free agents were able to get more money and different/better opportunities from other teams. (NHL.com)

Gorton said that the Rangers couldn’t match the money that their UFAs were being offered so the organization set out to find players who could replace them and do so at a cheaper rate.  (NHL.com)

He said that the Rangers success last year came from playing four lines and six defensemen and they want to stay with that plan. He points to Lee Stempniak, Matthew Lombardi and Tanner Glass as players who add depth up front. (NHL.com)

Some have praised the Rangers for the job they did replacing those players while others say that the lost players will hurt the Rangers depth and chances.

Gorton said that the organization was confident they could replace those players.

Recap: Jeff Gorton’s conference call earlier today

Jeff GortonRangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton conducted a conference call today after the Rangers signed some players (Rangers)

  • On Pouliot and Stralman leaving, “it was term and money. You are looking at a salary cap world, we are trying to fit our guys in. We wanted to sign them but once that one-week period hit, we started to get wind of what their numbers and terms would be and just going forward with some of the contracts we had to do it became difficult.”

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Buzz: The latest on Jeff Gorton and his future

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11:39AM: It’s not confirmed that the Penguins have spoken to Gorton but Penguins brass has talked with people about Gorton to learn more about him. (Trib)

9:34AM: Elliotte Friedman writes that he isn’t sure if the Penguins have asked for permission to speak with Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton but whether the Rangers would grant such permission could reveal some plans for the future. (CBC)

Friedman says that the belief is that the Rangers next GM will come from in-house and the three possibilities are Doug Risebrough, Jeff Gorton and Jim Schoenfeld. (CBC)

Risebrough is reportedly happy in his role as a “Hockey Consultant” and the Rangers media guide says, “In his role, Risebrough works closely with President and General Manager, Glen Sather, on player transactions and personnel decisions.”

Friedman wonders if the Rangers will clarify Gorton’s future with the organization to prevent him from potentially leaving.

Schoenfeld has been assistant GM for the last seven seasons and the Rangers media guide says, “In his role, he assists President and General Manager Glen Sather on all player transactions. He is also responsible for all hockey-related matters for the Hartford Wolf.”

Buzz: Jeff Gorton is gaining interest as a GM Candidate (Update: Maybe with the Penguins)

Dylan Mcilrath5:11PM: Bob McKenzie mentions Gorton as one of the people that the Penguins have or will interview about their GM position. (TSN Drive)

5/22/14 | 11:50AM:  Rob Rossi lists Gorton as someone who the Penguins may interview for their GM position. (Trib)


5/21/14 | 2:39PM: Gorton’s name keeps popping up in conversations about the Penguins GM opening. He is viewed as a “rising star” in NHL circles in the same way that former Pittsburgh assistant GM Chuck Fletcher was before he took the job in Minnesota. (Trib)


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Buzz: The Future Of Glen Sather and The Rangers

Glen SatherOn Sportsnet, Nick Kypreos spoke about Glen Sather’s future.

Kypreos said, “there isn’t much talk of Glen Sather and the Rangers moving forward, there is some talk about Bryan Murray getting an extension in Ottawa but how about the other 70 year old in New York. There is a lot of talk about whether he wants to go into next season as the general manager or will he relinquish some of that power. So yea, there is some speculation about some changes coming to New York.”

Kypreos said last May that Sather wasn’t going anywhere.

There was speculation last June that Sather was thinking about stepping down.

James Dolan said that Sather can be GM of the Rangers for as long as he wants and that ultimately, Dolan will be the one to choose who replaces Sather as GM.

Adam Rotter: Based on his age more than anything, because he won’t be fired because of performance, there is going to be on-going speculation about Sather until he eventually steps away as GM. It’s likely that Jeff Gorton will be the next GM and that at least for a short-time after, Sather will remain as President. Gorton has a background in scouting, has previous GM experience and handles a lot of the day to day responsibilities now.

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Read: Jeff Gorton Needs To Be The Choice To Replace Glen Sather

At The Record, Andrew Gross writes that the Rangers need to make sure that Jeff Gorton is next GM of the team and takes over for Glen Sather when Sather decides to step away.

There was a report last week suggesting that it would not be Gorton who takes over but either Jim Schoenfeld or Doug Risebrough.

Gorton was interim GM of the Bruins for a few months in 2006 as Peter Chiarelli was not allowed to start his new job as GM of the Bruins until July 15.

He has been credited with signing Zdeno Chara but Bruce Garrioch writes in the Ottawa Sun that Chiarelli told Gorton to do so because Chara was a big part of the plan that Chiarelli prepared for management. In an article from 2006, USA Today says that Chiarelli was forbidden from advising the Bruins on matters relating to free agents from the Senators.

Gorton acquired Tuukka Rask in his time as GM as well as drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

Prior to the Stanley Cup Final, Chiarelli praised Gorton, in the NY Times, for the job he did as an interim GM.

The NY Times writes that Sather is expected to be followed by Gorton or Jim Schoenfeld.

THIS SECTION is about Gorton and his time with the Rangers.

In his role right now, Gorton “is responsible for all aspects of hockey administration for the team, including matters relating to the hockey club’s salary structure and to the team’s interaction with the National Hockey League regarding player contracts, player movement and Collective Bargaining Agreement issues. He oversees the day to day work of the hockey operations area, including the administration of all player and staff contracts. Gorton represents the club in salary arbitration matters, assists in negotiation of player contracts and coordinates team research projects. He also continues his involvement with the club’s professional and amateur scouting operations.”


Adam Rotter: Gorton has earned the chance to follow Glen Sather as Rangers GM. He has worked his way through the organization, has many years experience as an assistant GM, is involved in scouting and is now in a prominent role next to Sather. While Doug Risebrough and Jim Schoenfeld have more time on their resumes with Sather, Gorton is a Sather guy as well and has shown he has what it takes to run a team.

Buzz: Linking Brian Burke To The Rangers

In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk could be on the hot seat since he wasn’t hired by new owner Tom Gagliardi.

Garrioch writes that Brian Burke’s name keeps coming up in regards to a possible GM opening in Dallas.

He notes that “for some reason” Burke is also being linked to the Rangers in the event that GM Glen Sather steps down. Sather would likely stay on as President of the Rangers.

Burke was fired as GM of the Maple Leafs and is currently working for Anaheim as a scout.

It’s been suggested before that Sather could give Burke a job.

It is expected that the Rangers will promote assistant GM Jeff Gorton when Sather steps down.

Read: Will Jeff Gorton Be The Next GM Of The Rangers?

Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton is currently in charge of the Rangers day to day operations as Glen Sather takes a few days to recover from surgery for Prostate cancer.

The NY Times says that Gorton is believed to be the leading candidate to take over for Sather when he steps down/retire.

Sather told Klein in the past that Gorton was one of his top advisers.

Gorton has been assistant GM for the past two seasons and spent the previous four with the Rangers as the assistant director of player personnel.

In his current role, via the Rangers media guide, Gorton is “responsible for all aspects of hockey administration for the team, including matters relating to the hockey club’s salary structure and to the team’s interaction with the National Hockey League regarding player contracts, player movement and Collective Bargaining Agreement issues.”

“He oversees the day to day work of the hockey operations area, including the administration of all player and staff contracts. Gorton represents the club in salary arbitration matters, assists in negotiation of player contracts and coordinates team research projects. He also continues his involvement with the club’s professional and amateur scouting operations.”


Adam Rotter: The most likely scenario that people talk about is Sather stepping down as GM, but remaining as President and turning the GM duties over to Gorton. Gorton has been involved with this team as a scout, in player personnel and now as assistant GM. He is the natural successor to Sather and will likely, as long as he wants to be there, keep Jim Schoenfeld in his current role of assistant GM and assistant coach to help out.

When the time comes for Sather to retire from the organization and step down as President, the likely bet is that Mark Messier will take over that position

Gorton is involved with so many day to day matters as it is and he deserves to follow Sather and become a full-time GM at the NHL level. As President, Messier would hold a role that includes being active with matters on and off the ice