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2021 Rangers Offseason

Rangers to hire Detroit’s Ryan Martin as Assistant GM

8/25/21 | The Rangers have announced the hiring of Martin.

8/13/21 | Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers are hiring Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin to be Assistant GM and GM of Hartford.

Martin has spent the last 16-years with the Red Wings and the last 11, under Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman, as assistant GM.


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The Red Wings media guide says Martin is “primarily responsible for collective bargaining agreement administration and compliance, salary cap management, player contract research and analysis and salary arbitration preparation. He’s also involved extensively in all facets of player contract negotiations, strategic planning and player evaluation at both the pro and amateur levels.”

He has also been the GM of the Red Wings AHL team for the past eight seasons. The Red Wings won two AHL championships with Martin as GM.

The Red Wings media guide says of his role with Detroit’s AHL team as overseeing “all aspects of hockey operations for the Griffins, including player personnel decisions, player development, contract negotiations and player movement.”

Martin was a lawyer and player agent prior to joining the Red Wings.

He has been involved with Team USA’s World Junior since 2013.

Martin reportedly played a big part in having Rangers prospect Brett Berard play for Team USA at the World Juniors earlier this year. (The Athletic)

Adam Rotter: The Red Wings had what used to be the common front office structure with one assistant GM handling more of the administration, contract and salary cap responsibilities and one assistant GM, Pat Verbeek in this case, more on the hockey ops side. Jeff Gorton did all of that stuff, and more, when he was assistant GM to Glen Sather and then he carried a lot of that responsibility, especially around cap management, into being the GM.

Martin will more than likely just bring all his current responsibilities with the Red Wings to the Rangers. He brings a nice batch of experience with him and has worked under two GMs that have had success at the highest levels. Obviously the Red Wings have fallen significantly from their heights and 25-year playoff run, but he was part of the organization when they went to back to back Finals against the Penguins and he was in charge of two teams that won AHL Championships. Drury needs experience around him and Martin has that.