Read: Jeff Gorton on the Rangers prospects from the WJC

Jeff GortonRangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton spoke with the team’s website about Anthony Duclair, Igor Shesterkin, Brandon Halverson and Pavel Buchnevich about their play in the World Juniors (NYR):

On sending Duclair back, “The biggest thing about sending him back was finding playing time for him on a regular basis. We don’t want to stunt his growth and to go back there and piggyback a Gold Medal and the Memorial Cup, the biggest stage you can play on at this time and it’s all about building a resume and a pedigree at this time. We are excited for him and what it means for the future.”

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Buzz: Jeff Gorton is a top GM candidate but also the favorite to succeed Glen Sather

Jeff GortonJeff Gorton is the favorite to replace Glen Sather as Rangers GM when/”if” Sather decides to retire. (ESPN Insider)

Gorton is in his eighth season with the Rangers, fourth as assistant GM and handles “day to day” operations with the Rangers.

Craig Custance says that Gorton’s strengths in drafting and player development have helped the Rangers “maintain success.” He adds that Gorton has proved to be “a shred contract negotiator.” (ESPN Insider)

Custance lists Gorton fourth on his list of 10 rising GM candidates and says that he has had a hand in both the Rangers rise to the of the East as well as the Bruins. (ESPN Insider)

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

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

9/22/14 | 3:54PM: Gorton handles the “day to day demands” of the Rangers  while Sather oversees the “club’s personnel.” (

Katie Strang says that she wouldn’t be surprised if Sather stepped away and into a “less-demanding” role after this coming season. (

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6/18/13 | 9:34AM: 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.

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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. (

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.  (

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. (

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.”