The Rangers have announced that Glen Sather will transition from his current role of President to Senior Advisor to the Owner and Alternate Governor.
Jeff Gorton will continue on as GM and the organization will begin an immediate search for a new President.
“I want to thank Jim Dolan for a great partnership working together over the last 19 years, and to everyone in the Rangers organization. It has been a privilege to represent New York and our great fans,” said Mr. Sather. “I truly believe the team is headed in the right direction and think the future is bright. I look forward to transitioning to a different role and continuing to play a part in building the next Rangers Stanley Cup contender.”
“Since he first joined the Rangers 19 years ago, Glen Sather has been singularly focused on delivering our fans a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup,” said Mr. Dolan. “In doing so, Glen has become one of the most successful executives in Rangers history, and his current strategy has set the team on the right path to achieve our ultimate goal. Glen and I will work closely together to identify his successor. We thank Glen for his dedication to the Rangers, and to all of hockey, and look forward to his continued contributions to our team in his advisory role.”
Sather told Larry Brooks that his biggest regret is the three OT losses the Rangers suffered against LA in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. (NY Post)
He said that while he can recommend someone to fill his role it will ultimately be the choice of James Dolan. (NY Post)
Sather added that he wouldn’t be doing this if the Rangers didn’t have stable management with Jeff Gorton as GM, Chris Drury as assistant GM and David Quinn as coach. (NY Post)
He said that the hope is to have someone in place by July 1 but that if they could get someone hired by the draft, “that would be great.” (NY Post)
It was reported late last night that Sather was likely to step down as President after 19 seasons.
Adam Rotter: The easiest thing for the Rangers is to promote Jim Schoenfeld from SVP, Assistant GM to President. Doing so wouldn’t really upset anything the Rangers have going and set a potential long-term plan for Jeff Gorton to eventually become President and Chris Drury to be GM. With the plan set out by Sather and Gorton last year, promoting Schoenfeld would keep things on the same path and essentially the same group. Outside of Schoenfeld, I think the Rangers need to determine what they want the role of President to be.
John Davidson, if he is interested, has to be the strongest outside candidate currently outside the organization. Hell, he can have his first interview tomorrow with Columbus coming in to play the Rangers. He has the experience and connections to the Rangers that make him a fit, it’s probably just a matter of if JD wants to move on from Columbus.