Buzz: Is Glen Sather Considering Stepping Down and Who Would Replace Him?

Glen Sather10:36AM Larry Brooks tweets:

  • Told that there is nothing to speculation that Sather is stepping down as Rangers’ GM.
  • Nothing has changed in two weeks since Sather announced intention to remain as GM during conference call with media.

9:20AMJames Murphy, of ESPN Boston, wrote on his personal website that an NHL source as well as a Rangers team source is telling him that Rangers GM Glen Sather is considering stepping down from that position and letting someone else take over the player personnel decisions.

Murphy says that Sather would retain his role as President of the organization and would appoint either Jim Schoenfeld, Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel, or Doug Risebrough, “Hockey consultant”, to take over as GM.

Murphy says that nothing is certain but that “Sather is seriously considering the decision.”

Murphy then said on his twitter that the next GM would not be Jeff Gorton.

From the Rangers media guide:

  • Risebrough “works closely with President and General Manager, Glen Sather, on player transactions and personnel decisions.”
  • Schoenfeld “assists President and GM Glen Sather on all player transactions.”
  • 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.”

Risebrough has been a GM in Calgary (1991-1996), VP of Hockey Operations with Glen Sather in Edmonton (1996-1999), GM, VP of Hockey Operations, President with Minnesota (1999-2009.)

He has worked with the Rangers for the past four seasons, first as a scout and then in the role of “hockey consultant.”

Schoenfeld has not been a GM at the NHL level but has been GM of the Wolf Pack/Whale since 2003. He has been assistant GM of the Rangers since 2007.

Sather said on the John Tortorella conference call that he was going to be GM this season.

Adam Rotter: Sather is turning 70 and had surgery for prostate cancer earlier in the year, so I don’t doubt that he has considered stepping down as GM. Whether or not it actually happens though is another story and one where we will just have to wait and see.

The interesting part of the report is the idea of Risebrough or Schoenfeld taking over instead of Jeff Gorton. Gorton’s role is much more in the contract/administration side of things while Risebrough and Schoenfeld deal much more in player personnel moves. Glen Sather has worked with all three of these guys for quite some time now so he should have a pretty good grasp on who is next in line.