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New York Rangers Fire GM Jeff Gorton and President John Davidson

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The New York Rangers have fired General Manager, Jeff Gorton and President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson.

Rangers Fire Gorton and Davidson

In a move that has shocked the hockey world, the Rangers relieved both Gorton and Davidson of their duties. While the reasoning as to why this move was made is still unclear, more information should present itself when the team makes an official statement. The Rangers say there is no coincidence between the statement released on Tuesday and today’s firing as the owner felt the team was underachieving.

Jeff Gorton was made general manager of the team in July 2015, when Glen Sather stepped down from the role. He was a part of the organization’s front office for about 14 years before ultimately being fired this afternoon. In some of his most notable moves, he traded Ryan McDonagh to the Tampa Bay Lightning, traded for Mika Zibanejad from the Ottawa Senators, and traded for Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes. He also drafted the likes of K’andre Miller, Vitaly Kravtsov, Kaapo Kakko, and Alexis Lafreniere.

John Davidson was hired in May 2019 as president of hockey operations. Before serving as the Rangers president, he was president for hockey operations with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Additionally, he spent parts of eight seasons as a Rangers goaltender from 1975 to 1983 and was an MSG Networks television analyst for almost a decade.

This news comes as the Rangers were recently eliminated from playoff contention. They sit at a record of 26-21-6 for 58 points in 53 games, with 3 games remaining this year. They are 5th in the MassMutual East division and 14th overall in the league.

Chris Drury Named General Manager And President Of Hockey Operations

Chris Drury is now general manager and president, as per Elliotte Friedman. Within the organization, he was formerly the associate general manager of the Rangers and general manager of their AHL affiliate, Hartford Wolfpack.

The Rangers hired Drury in September 2015 as their director of player development. About a year later, they promoted him to the role of assistant general manager. In May 2017, he was assigned the role of general manager for the Wolf Pack. Just a few months ago in February 2021, the Rangers promoted Drury to associate general manager. He will now serve at the head of the team’s front office, as both the general manager and president of hockey operations.

Stay tuned for more as the situation continues to develop.

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