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Jeff Gorton’s deal in Montreal is “long-term”

11:17AM: Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said on Monday that Jeff Gorton’s deal to become Executive VP or Hockey Operations is “long-term.”

The announcement of Gorton was buried within Montreal’s press release announcing the firing of GM Marc Bergevin. It was below the paragraph indicating that the next GM for Montreal will be bilingual.

The press release also noted that Montreal had “retained the services” of Gorton.

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Jeff Gorton to be Executive Vice President of Hockey Ops for Montreal

3:28PM: The Montreal Canadiens have “retained the services” of Jeff Gorton to be Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.

Montreal just fired GM Marc Bergevin as well as assistant GM Trevor Timmins.

Gorton’s role will be to “assure the continuity of the day-to-day hockey operations” while they search for a GM that will be able “to communicate with fans in both French and English.”

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Montreal has permission to speak with Jeff Gorton

11/28/21 | 10:34AM: Darren Dreger says that “all signs indicate” that Jeff Gorton will be leading Hockey Ops for Montreal.

11/27/21 | 8:10PM: Darren Dreger says that Gorton is being targeted for a “very substantial hockey operations position.”

Pierre LeBrun says that Mellanby resigned after conversations first about becoming GM and then President of Hockey Ops and then being told he wasn’t getting the positions. (LeBrun)

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What Jeff Gorton said about Adam Fox’s new deal and Igor Shesterkin

7PM: On the NHL Network on Tuesday, former Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said the following about the Rangers:

  • Is Adam Fox worth his new contract, “absolutely. I think, it’s actually, people are going to laugh, a really good deal for the Rangers. It’s a lot of money and a lot of years, and people laugh, but I believe Adam Fox is their best player. He plays every situation, he’s so gifted with his hockey sense and thinking and deception, he doesn’t miss a shift, he can play all situations, people don’t know, he’s a really good penalty killer. He can play against the best players in the league with his brain and stick, really fun player to watch. As the GM of that team, sometimes you become a fan when a guy is that good and he has that kind of ability. I think it’s a really good deal for them and, I think, he did them a favor. In my opinion, as their best player, he could have asked for more and they got a really good deal.”
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Jeff Gorton could be a candidate to be the GM in Chicago

On The Jeff Marek show earlier today, Elliotte Friedman spoke about the Blackhawks, their open GM position and Jeff Gorton.

Friedman said “The GM candidate who was pointed out to me today that makes a lot of sense was Jeff Gorton. The reason was that he kind of stewarded the Rangers through their kind of fast rebuild and it wasn’t supposed to be as quick as it was, they got some lottery luck and he made some good moves and the other thing is, I don’t know what is going to happen in the future with Kane and Toews, I don’t know where this is going to go, but he’s the guy who dealt with the departure of Henrik Lundqvist, so he’s kind of gone through that. Jeff Gorton worked in a situation in New York where he had John Davidson above him, he’s kind of used to that structure. I do think that Jeff Gorton will be a serious contender there.” (Jeff Marek Show)

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What Jeff Gorton said about the rebuild, Drury, Wilson, DeAngelo and more

Former Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was on the Cam and Strick Podcast and said the following:

  • On initially joining the Rangers as a pro scout, “When I got let go, I actually worked with Peter for a year and we basically decided that it wasn’t going to work. I saw myself as more and he wanted other peopel so we decided to go the other way. At the time I thought I would bounce right back and wouldn’t have to go backwards, but I waited a couple of  months and into September and decided to just be a pro scout and see if I could get back in, but I had no assurances or anything, I kind of leaped back in and went to work with the Rangers and Gordie Clark, who I worked in Boston with, hired me with the Rangers and we were like that for a little bit and after I year I think they realized that this guy is alright and got promoted and went up the ladder until they offered me assistant GM and I moved my family to NY and it fell into place from there.”