The New York Rangers have fired general manager Jeff Gorton and team president John Davidson.
The team confirmed the news Wednesday and announced the promotion of Chris Drury to the post of president and general manager effective immediately.
“We want to thank JD and Jeff for their contributions to the organization,” said James Dolan, executive chairman of MSG Sports. “They are both great hockey professionals who worked hard for the Rangers, however, in order for the team to succeed in the manner our fans deserve, there needs to be a change in leadership.”
The news comes a day after the Rangers released a scathing statement criticizing the NHL for not suspending Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson after events in a Monday brawl that injured New York forward Artemi Panarin.
Monday’s loss to the Capitals was frustrating on another level, as it mathematically eliminated the Rangers from playoff contention yet again. The Blueshirts have missed the post-season for the fourth consecutive campaign, a result Dolan and the organization clearly find unacceptable.
This is the team that released a statement in February of 2018 prepping the fanbase for a rebuild, after all, and you have to imagine the Drury hire is a piece of that overall puzzle.
“Chris is a very sought-after executive and a strong leader, who has proven himself to be one of the top young minds in hockey,” said Dolan. “We are confident he will effectively guide the team to ensure the long-term success we promised Rangers fans.”
Drury joined the front office in 2015 as the director of player development. He then served as assistant general manager starting in September of 2016 and was eventually promoted to the post of associated general manager in February of this past year.
The Rangers are currently 26-21-6, with 58 points. That puts them 10 points behind the New York Islanders for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division with just three games remaining this season.