The Rangers have announced that Chris Drury has been promoted from Assistant GM to Associate GM.
From the Rangers release:
“In his role, Drury will continue to assist Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton on all player transactions and contract negotiations, and he is also responsible for all hockey-related matters for the Wolf Pack. During his time working in the Rangers’ front office, Drury has also worked in an executive role at the international level. He served as the General Manager for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, and he was selected to serve in the same capacity for the 2020 IIHF World Championship.”
He has been a member of the Rangers front office since 2015 and was the Director of Player Development for the 2015-16 season. He was promoted to Assistant GM for the 2016-17 season and has been in charge of Hartford since May 2017.
The Rangers Media Guide for this season also had this line about Drury’s responsibilities, “Drury also helps Gorton in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.”
Adam Rotter: This just seems like a bump in title, and likely salary, for Drury and reaffirms the Rangers commitment to him. There isn’t much responsibility that he can add as he already has his hand in pretty much all aspects of the organization.
One thing that I’ve been wondering about this week has been who would have replaced Drury if he had wanted and then gotten the Pens job? While John Davidson oversees everything and the Rangers do have consultants like former Wild GM Doug Risebrough and former Coyotes GM Mike Barnett, there doesn’t seem to be anyone internally who could have filled Drury’s role had he left. Maybe this promotion opens up the Assistant GM spot and allows the Rangers to bring someone else into the management group, not necessarily because they need someone, but because teams are going to keep coming after Drury and they should be prepared. This promotion may also come with a commitment of sorts from Drury that he won’t be leaving anytime soon, but it would still seem to make sense to have another person, who can work under Gorton and Drury, join them so that if a role needs to be filled, there is someone there to do it.