Is Glen Sather about to give up his role as New York Rangers general manager?
An email exchange with Larry Brooks of the NY Post indicates that the 71-year-old executive is undecided about returning for a 16th season as the Blueshirts’ GM, and may instead simply serve as the team’s president.
Sather, who has a “lifetime contract” with Garden CEO Jim Dolan, has held the dual position of club president-GM since June 2000. It is believed the 71-year-old, a finalist for the NHL’s GM of the Year Award, is contemplating whether to step up exclusively into the presidency.
Assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who has held that role for the last four years while handling an increasing amount of the day-to-day operations within the hockey department, would be the clear-cut front-runner to succeed Sather if he indeed steps down/up.
Brooks reports that Sather rejected requests from the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs to interview Gorton for their general manager vacancies this postseason.
Gorton’s been the obvious successor for years, despite the delusional candidacy of Mark Messier, who would have made a terrific figurehead but not necessarily a tireless executive.
Gorton was great in his limited time with the Boston Bruins, and has practically been the author of this Rangers playoff juggernaut that’s made the Stanley Cup Final and conference final in consecutive years.
To that end, it’s about time that the Rangers hand him the reins. The only way that was going to happen was if Sather gave them up. It sounds like that might happen soon.
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