Off the ice, the Rangers’ administration shake-up has begun. Chris Drury, 44, the affiliate basic supervisor, will turn into the workforce’s new president and basic supervisor. Drury, the N.H.L. rookie of the yr in 1999, spent the final 4 seasons of his enjoying profession with the Rangers and joined the workforce’s entrance workplace in 2015. Glen Sather, who has been a senior adviser with the workforce since 2019, will work with Drury throughout the transition interval.
The Rangers haven’t made the standard N.H.L. playoffs because the 2016-17 season, although they participated in final yr’s postseason format, which was expanded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic had interrupted the season.
“We need to thank J.D. and Jeff for his or her contributions to the group,” James L. Dolan, the workforce proprietor, said in a statement saying the firings of Davidson and Gorton. “They’re each nice hockey professionals who labored laborious for the Rangers, nonetheless, to ensure that the workforce to reach the style our followers deserve, there must be a change in management.”
Davidson mentioned at his introductory information convention two years in the past that he was desirous to work with Gorton and Coach David Quinn to develop a tradition of accountability with the Rangers. Quinn, the previous males’s hockey coach at Boston College, is ending his third season behind the Rangers’ bench.
Gorton, 52, and Davidson, 68, have been overseeing a rebuild that started in earnest with a letter sent to the fan base in February 2018. Since then, the Rangers have made six first-round draft picks, together with the heralded forwards Kaapo Kakko at No. 2 in 2019 and Alexis Lafreniere at No. 1 in 2020.
“There are not any fast fixes,’’ Davidson mentioned when he was employed. “It’s laborious work, it’s persistence and it’s having the correct resolve.”