Rangers fire chief executive Jeff Gorton, President John Davidson – fr

Rangers fire chief executive Jeff Gorton, President John Davidson – fr

New York Rangers have sacked general manager Jeff Gorton and president John Davidson, reports Elliotte Friedman de Sportsnet.
Chris Drury will reprise both roles, Friedman add.

The move comes a day after the team criticized NHL and Department of Player Safety chief George Parros for failing to suspend Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson for his role in a skirmish on Monday night.

However, their layoffs are unrelated to the statement and come in the middle of a season in which Rangers ownership believes the team is underperforming, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

The Rangers are 14th in the NHL with a 26-21-6 record, but are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in a deep division. New York’s 58 points would put the team in postseason in the North and West, and just two points in the Central.

New York hired Gorton as general manager in 2015 as the club’s championship window began to close. He made the playoffs the next two seasons, but the team sent a letter to fans outlining plans for a full-scale rebuild in 2018.

The Rangers brought Davidson on board as president in May 2019.

Under their leadership, the Rangers have built a bright future. The club recruited Artemi Panarin, perennial MVP candidate, in free agency and won two of the first two picks in the draft to land Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko. New York also has one of the deepest prospect systems in the NHL.


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