It has only been a week since Glen Sather stepped down and New York Rangers fans are starting to panic over the newly-minted general manager Jeff Gorton and what his presence means to the future of the franchise. Apart from having some pretty big shoes to fill, news that Gorton must return to the negotiating table after already making Rangers’ alternate captain Derek Stepan an offer, has many concerned they may look to trade.
And it’s hard not to worry considering the team has gotten rid of more “fan favorites” than an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But fear not… Sather says Gorton is well prepared and has been an integral part of the team’s success since he joined in 2007.
“Jeff has earned the respect of colleagues throughout the hockey community,” Sather said via Twitter.
Before becoming the 11th general manager of the New York Rangers, Gorton spent 15 seasons with the Boston Bruins franchise—the last seven of which as an assistant general manager.
In 2006, his managerial skills were put to the test when Boston Bruins’ general manager Mike O’Connell was fired. Stepping up to the plate, Gorton took over as interim GM for three months—during which time he acquired free agents Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard and helped land star players such as Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask—before joining the Rangers in 2007.
Not only has Gorton spent the past eight seasons with the Blueshirts, according to the New York Post, he has been instrumental in drafting players such as Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast and JT Miller as well as trades that brought the Rangers’ Ryan McDonough, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard.
For the time being, all fans can really do is keep their fingers-crossed and try to have some faith that GM Gorton will be able to reach an agreement with the 25-year-old forward.