With Glen Sather still recovering from prostate cancer surgery, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that assistant GM Jeff Gorton is almost certainly going to be the lead voice in GM’s absence during the trade deadline.
Gross adds that Gorton, who represented the Rangers at last week’s GM meetings in Toronto, is in all probability the heir apparent for when/if Sather decides to lighten his work load by naming somebody else the full-time GM while retaining his title as president.
…while the art of the trade is what Sather does best, I am more than confident with Gorton running the show at the trade deadline. This is the guy, who as the Bruins GM, was able to trade Andrew Raycroft to Toronto in exchange for Tuukka Rask. Under Gorton's watch, the Bruins also signed Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara as well as drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. So Gorton has proved to be a great evaluator of talent.
…to the possibility of Sather stepping down. I think it might be time. Despite last year's fantastic run, Sather's 12-years as Rangers GM has been filled with disappointment. It took four years before the team made the playoffs under his leadership and when they did it was usually by the skin of their teeth. And we know all too well about his less than stellar record signing free agents. Have the Rangers been drafting better? Yes, but I give all credit for that to Gordie Clark and his scouts. Has Sather been a trade magician? Absolutely, but I still contend he has naked pictures of every GM. At the end of the day it's all about results and the Rangers haven't had them under Sather.