The New York Rangers held a brief press conference to announce the changes made to management. Newly minted President and General Manager Chris Drury said that what transpired was not expected and called it a wild 24 hours.
Glen Sather clarified his role as a counselor to Drury and to owner James Dolan. He noted that in some cases having both the role of President and GM can make the job easier sometimes.
Chris Drury on David Quinn and next steps
When it comes to the “rebuild” it sounds like it should be considered over. Drury made it clear that he takes this job “very, very, very seriously.” His mission to the fanbase was direct. “My goal is to bring a Cup to MSG. Period.”
When asked about the future of David Quinn, he would not discuss publicly the future of anyone’s job. Take that as you will, but it does not bode well for most coaches. If there was no intention to make a change behind the bench this was on opportunity for Drury to say so.
Glen Sather further commented that there will be a lot of decisions to be made next week. A coaching change appears to be a likely as I deduced yesterday.
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“I really believe in what we’ve accomplished since The Letter. We have a lot of good pieces & it’s an exciting time for the org,” Drury explained. “When the season ends, we’re going to take a look at everything and see if we can take the next step and make ourselves a playoff team.”
That next step is going to be a series of trades and signings. If you want my best guess they are talking about a big trade like Jack Eichel to start. Drury added the he believes Rangers fans are going to be very excited with the moves they make. Let me ask, would trading for a third line player really excite you? This is going to be big as I’ve been writing for months.
“I think we do have a lot of good assets and we’re going look at everything and try to figure out how best to take the next step forward,” Drury hinted. The Rangers are going to take a handful of these younger players and package them for the pieces they need.
Among them will also be another top four veteran defenseman I believe. Whether that is by the way of free agency or trade I’m not sure. As for beefing up, Sather said he felt the team responded well last night in the wake of the Tom Wilson incident, but I believe changes will be made to the fourth line too.
Other news and notes
Glen Sather wanted it clear that the Tom Wilson letter had nothing to do with JD and Jeff Gorton’s firings.
Chris Drury thanked Jeff Gorton for getting him ready for the role. Also would not discuss details but made it clear James Dolan made him no such promises for a promotion.
The Rangers also made three call-ups as they expect Pavel Buchnevich to be suspended and lost Julien Gauthier for the season.
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Read more on the NYR fallout here.