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John Davidson Named President Of The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 17, 2019 – The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James L. Dolan announced today that John Davidson has been named Rangers President.

“Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter in New York Rangers history,” Mr. Dolan said. “John Davidson is one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League. As we continue to build a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup, John’s knowledge of the game and his experience and passion for the Rangers logo make him the ideal choice to oversee our Hockey Operations department. I am thrilled to welcome “JD” and his family home.”

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To Do Items For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Regarding the Rangers, into Day Three of this week’s organizational meetings pending the anticipated inauguration of John Davidson that most surely will be the biggest one ever:

JD: It has long been believed Davidson’s contract with Columbus includes a clause that allows him to leave if offered the Rangers’ presidency. The official request is expected in short order following the Blue Jackets’ second-round elimination on Monday. Barring a dramatic, unforeseen development, it should not be long before one of the most popular individuals in recent franchise history returns to New York at the top of the directory....

To that end, no one will be able to give general manager Jeff Gorton and the Rangers a better read than Davidson on pending unrestricted free agent Artemi Panarin, who had 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) for Columbus. Of course, the Blueshirts will be in on the 27-year-old elite offensive talent, but at what price and for how long in an expected bidding war with the no-state tax Panthers and perhaps the Islanders and Blackhawks? The front office will at least be as educated as possible in making those determinations.

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Adam Fox Acquired By The New York Rangers From The Carolina Hurricanes

NEW YORK, April 30, 2019 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for their own second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

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John Davidson Becomes The Top Candidate For The President’s Job For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So now it appears as if it is down to one…one candidate to succeed Glen Sather as Rangers president in the wake of Steve Yzerman’s decision to return to Detroit to become general manager of the Red Wings team he captained to three-Cup glory a couple of decades ago.

That one candidate is John Davidson, and the inference drawn here from the Rangers’ inaction since Sather disclosed his intention to move into a senior adviser’s role on April 4 is that they have a pretty darn good idea that JD is coming once his pesky Blue Jackets exit the playoff stage, even if that might not be until the middle of June.

If not, this makes no sense.

Actually, this makes little sense regardless.

Not for a minute am I suggesting that the Blueshirts would go wrong with Davidson, who has 13 years of experience in the same role for the Blues and Blue Jackets, overseeing revivals of both mid-market franchises. He checks all the boxes.

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“Karma” Goes The Way Of The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It took five years for the Penguins to make the playoffs after drafting Mario Lemieux first overall in 1982, it took eight years (and a trade) for Taylor Hall to make the playoffs after he was selected first overall by the Oilers in 2010 and it’s four years and counting for Jack Eichel in Buffalo.

Which is to say it is not going to turn around immediately on Broadway just because the Rangers will have the opportunity to select elite 18-year-old Finnish right winger Kaapo Kakko with the second-overall pick the franchise was awarded in Tuesday’s lottery for the June 21 draft.

But it sure creates some real optimism and provides a real foothold for this franchise that played it straight from beginning to end and was rewarded for its integrity with its highest pick since the draft replaced the sponsorship of junior teams and became the primary and then essentially exclusive avenue of bringing players into the NHL in 1969.

“I believe in karma and the hockey gods and doing things the right way,” the fairly bubbly general manager Jeff Gorton said by phone.

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Improving The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Only potential tampering penalties prevented Gorton from shouting out the name “Artemi Panarin,” the impending free-agent winger from Columbus who will be the Blueshirts’ primary target on July 1 and who can be expected to command at least $11 million per season on a seven-year deal.

And likely that only the same threat of penalty kept Gorton from blurting out “Kevin Hayes,” the center who could well be in line for a free-agent return to New York if the numbers align.

Be sure of this: No one expects the process to speed up with sophomores Filip Chytil, Brett Howden and Lias Andersson lining up down the middle behind legit No. 1 Mika Zibanejad.

Throwing money at Panarin does not guarantee that he will accept. Florida, long expected to be a major bidder in the auction, not only has the beach, the weather and no state tax to offer...

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Steve Yzerman May Have Interest In The President Position For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Steve Yzerman, likely the hottest pending free agent in hockey, is amenable to being wooed by the Rangers to succeed Glen Sather as team president, multiple sources with knowledge of his thinking have told The Post.

Now hold on, this does not mean that a deal is done. It is unknown whether the Blueshirts have yet asked for and received permission from Tampa Bay to speak to Yzerman, who is serving the final year of his contract as an adviser to the owner after having stepped down last September as general manager. Such a request, if not yet made, will be forthcoming.

It does not imply that the job would automatically be offered following an interview with Jim Dolan, the Garden CEO who is running the search in coordination with Sather, who on Thursday announced his retirement from day-to-day life in the hockey department.

It also does not mean that Yzerman, who will be sought by a number of teams looking for either a GM or a president of hockey operations, would necessarily accept an offer if one were to be presented. He will have choices.

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Glen Sather Moving To A Senior Advisor Role With The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 4, 2019 – The Madison Square Garden Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James L. Dolan announced today that Rangers President Glen Sather is transitioning from his current role to become Senior Advisor to the owner and alternate governor. The organization will begin an immediate search for a new President, with Jeff Gorton continuing in his current role as the team’s General Manager.

“I want to thank Jim Dolan for a great partnership working together over the last 19 years, and to everyone in the Rangers organization. It has been a privilege to represent New York and our great fans,” said Mr. Sather. “I truly believe the team is headed in the right direction and think the future is bright. I look forward to transitioning to a different role and continuing to play a part in building the next Rangers Stanley Cup contender.”

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The Battle Between The New York Rangers And New Jersey Devils

from Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post,

Well, it was nice while it lasted for the Rangers — albeit for two games.

A very modest two-game winning streak came to an unceremonious end in the form of a distasteful 4-2 loss to the Devils on Monday night at Prudential Center.

It was the fourth meeting between the teams this season and the first in which the Devils, the only team below the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division, managed to win.

It was perhaps that motivation that led the Devils to surprise the Rangers with some unexpected fight one day after the Rangers breezed past a loafing Flyers team Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia — a sure sign the Flyers, just eliminated from playoff contention, wanted no part of playing a game of no consequence.

The fact both the Rangers and Devils have long been out of any postseason conversation mattered little as the game hardly resembled one between teams anxiously awaiting the offseason.

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Afternoon Line- David Quinn

 

The Rangers did win 3-0 over the Flyers today.

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