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What Chris Drury and Glen Sather said on Thursday

6:36PM: Drury was a guest on The Michael Kay show at 5:30PM and what he said is below.

1:38PM: Rangers President and GM Chris Drury and Senior Advisor Glen Sather met with the media on Thursday morning and said (NYR):

  • What are your emotions like, (Drury) “It certainly was a whirlwind 24-hours, not something I expected. It was an honor and pleasure to work with JD for the last two-years, I grew up in Connecticut on ‘Oh Baby’ so it was great to get to know him and work with him and learn a lot from him. Jeff Gorton, I really can’t say enough good things about him, the kind of person he is, what he did for me and my career, I never met him before I came back to interview for the player development job and since then he’s taken me under his wing every step of the way. He’s a great man and a terrific, terrific GM and I’m sure he’s going to land on his feet very soon.”
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The Rangers press release on JD and Gorton out and Drury as President and GM

The Rangers have released the following statement on today’s changes:

The New York Rangers announced today that team President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton are leaving the organization, and Associate General Manager Chris Drury has been promoted to President and General Manager, effective immediately. Senior Advisor Glen Sather will work with Drury during this transition and continue to consult with the team.

”We want to thank JD and Jeff for their contributions to the organization. They are both great hockey professionals who worked hard for the Rangers, however, in order for the team to succeed in the manner our fans deserve, there needs to be a change in leadership,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman, MSG Sports. “Chris is a very sought-after executive and a strong leader, who has proven himself to be one of the top young minds in hockey. We are confident he will effectively guide the team to ensure the long-term success we promised Rangers fans.”

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Chris Drury will be President and GM of the Rangers

5:32PM: The Rangers have confirmed that Drury has been promoted to President and GM and that Glen Sather will assist during the transition.

4:48 PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN 1050 that Drury will be President and GM on a permanent basis.

4:13PM: Elliotte Friedman said on the NHL Network, “Chris Drury will be the President and GM of the Rangers. I’m not 100% sure on the President title and what the exact wording is, but he will be the GM of the Rangers. He’s had numerous opportunities to go elsewhere, Minnesota wanted to talk to him, Buffalo, NJ and he always said no and I think that in the long-term he wanted to eventually be the GM and the Rangers and he will be. I’m sure they will add some staff around him at some point in time, but he’s going to be the President and GM of the team.”

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The Rangers have FIRED John Davidson and Jeff Gorton (Updating)

The Rangers have fired President John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton. Updates are below.


5:30PM: The Rangers have finally confirmed that JD and Gorton are “leaving the organization” and that Drury has been promoted to President and GM.

5PM: Larry Brooks writes that Davidson was asked to fire Jeff Gorton and refused. (NY Post)

4:48PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN 1050 “Dolan was letting management know as early as this past weekend that he wasn’t happy with the season, that in his estimation the Rangers underachieved.”

4:02PM: Mark Messier was on The Michael Kay Show and was asked about re-joining the Rangers and said “I’ve made it very clear that I’m standing by and ready to help out in any way, for many years. Other than that I really don’t know what else to say.”

  • 5:18PM: In a follow up, Messier told Michael Kay that he doesn’t want to coach.