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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman, the New York Rangers have fired GM Jeff Gorton and President John Davidson.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that the two scurried to distance themselves from the statement the team released on Tuesday night regarding the $5,000 fine given to Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson for roughing Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich in the Capitals’ 5-3 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday. They told the other executives that they were unsure of the statement until after it was released.
However, the firing was not a result of the statement they released. The Rangers felt like they underachieved this season.
However, there is word Dolan was unhappy with this NYR season and wanted to make a change. Seems crazy to me, because they have a come a long, long way in two years…but he’s the owner.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 5, 2021
Drury has been offered and declined very similar opportunities with other clubs.
The team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season with the loss and the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday. They currently rank fifth in the East Division with 58 points.
The Rangers have averaged 3.19 goals-per-game (11th) and 2.70 goals-against per game (10th) this season. Their 21.1% power-play efficiency is currently tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 13th and their 83.4% penalty-killing rate is sixth.
— The Montag Group (@TheMontagGroup) May 7, 2021
Gorton was GM of the Rangers since July 1, 2015. Davidson arrived in New York on May 17, 2019.
By Harrison Brown