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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