Update, 11:53 a.m.:
Told that there is nothing to speculation that Sather is stepping down as Rangers' GM.
— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) June 10, 2013
Wait, an ESPN writer is misinformed about something hockey related? C'mon.
As if the New York Rangers' offseason hasn't been eventful enough with the surprise dismissal of John Tortorella as head coach, one more move could be on the horizon. And one the majority of the fan base has been clamoring for.
According to ESPN Boston columnist Jimmy Murphy on his personal website Murphy's Law, President and GM Glen Sather is considering relinquishing his GM role as the organizational meetings begin today in California.
From Murphy's site:
If Sather was to make such a move, he would retain his position as President of the Rangers and it’s believed he would name either Jim Schoenfeld — the current Rangers Assistant GM as well as Assistant Coach and General Manager of the team’s AHL affiliate the Connecticut Whale or current Rangers hockey consultant and former Wild GM Doug Risebrough to replace him as the new Rangers GM. Nothing is certain right now but according to these sources, Sather is seriously considering the decision.
If you recall during the conference call after firing Torts, Sather did say he was coming back next season in the same capacity. You'd have to wonder what changed in the last few weeks to precipitate this.
A prominent named omitted from that list is Assistant GM Jeff Gorton, one of Sather's right hand men. According to Murphy's Twitter timeline, he believes Gorton would not be the next GM should Sather step down.
One thing to consider with this possible decision and why it may actually happen is Sather's health. Back on March 20, it was announced Sather, 69, was to undergo surgery for prostate cancer. The longest tenured GM in the NHL, Sather might be coming to the end of the road as Rangers' GM.
Stay with TheNYRBlog as we monitor this situation.
- I can't say I'd be upset if Sather stepped down as GM. He's getting older, his health is a mjaor concern and, now that Torts is gone, perhaps a bigger change of the guard is in order.
- If this were to happen, where does that leave Mark Messier? He's been Sather's special assistant since 2009, essentially being groomed for the front office. But he's been reported as interested in taking the head coaching spot. Any chance he gets greedy and wants both positions?
- I'm also disappointed that Jeff Gorton wouldn't be considered. I think he's the ideal candidate to take over.
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