New York Rangers hire Ryan Martin as new Assistant GM and Wolf Pack GM; who is he?

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Jan 14, 2021; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers players huddle around the center ice logo as they prepare for the home opener against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Larry Brooks of the NY Post is reporting that the New York Rangers have hired Ryan Martin to fill the roles vacated by Chris Drury upon his promotion. He will assume the responsibilities of Assistant GM to Drury and GM of the Wolf Pack.

The longtime Assistant GM of the Detroit Red Wings was considered a close confidant to Steve Yzerman and will now bring his acumen to the Blueshirts.

Rangers hire Ryan Martin

Martin is a Connecticut native like Drury. He had been in the Red Wings organization since 2005, and prior to that worked as an NHLPA certified player agent. His main responsibilities in Detroit were CBA administration, salary cap management, player contract research and analysis, plus salary arbitration preparation.

He also served as the GM of Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. Martin should easily transition to the same responsibilities in New York.

Drury is also familiar with Martin for his work with Team USA. He was instrumental in putting together the junior team that won Gold including lobbying hard to have Brett Berard added to the squad.

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Brett Berard Team USA (NHLI)

“A lot of people say that this is a 19-year-old tournament,” Martin added. “I don’t believe that. I believe that if you’re good, the best players are going to have success there, and the evaluation group was really impressed that Brett as an 18-year-old was not intimidated by the older kids and not taking a back seat at all. And he stepped up right away.”

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In the 2020 draft, the Rangers selected Berard in the 5th round, and although on the small side, has a great chance to play a role as a bottom six forward in the future.

The New York Rangers have yet to make the hire official, but this is a good move for the organization.

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