NY Rangers could be looking for a new Wolf Pack GM

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Zac Jones and Nils Lundkvist (Photo: Kelly Shea, Hartford Wolf Pack)

The NY Rangers could be looking for another GM for the Wolf Pack just one year after hiring Ryan Martin.

Per Elliotte Friedman, Martin interviewed for the vacant Anaheim Ducks job and is in the mix for the San Jose Sharks opening.

“He’s a guy that not a lot of people know but people say really good things about him,” Friedman noted. “At some point and time, I think he will be a [NHL] GM is Ryan Martin, who used to be in Detroit but is now with the New York Rangers.”

Rangers Assistant GM, Ryan Martin

The New York Rangers officially announced the hiring of Ryan Martin to fill the roles vacated by Chris Drury upon his promotion last August. He assumed the responsibilities of Assistant GM to Drury and GM of the Wolf Pack.

He was a longtime Assistant GM of the Detroit Red Wings and was a close confidant to Steve Yzerman.

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Nick Merkley (photo by: Kelly Shea / Hartford Wolf Pack)

Per Team Press Release:

 New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has named Ryan Martin New York Rangers Assistant General Manager and General Manager of the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

 Martin joins the Rangers organization after spending the past 16 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings organization (2005-06 – 2020-21), including the last 11 seasons as the team’s Assistant General Manager (2010-11 – 2020-21). In addition, he served eight full seasons as the General Manager of the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins (2013-14 – 2020-21). Martin also served as the team’s Director of Hockey Administration for five seasons (2005-06 – 2019-10).

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.

In his first year with the Wolf Pack, the team collapsed late and missed the AHL Playoffs again. The group finished with a record of 32-32-6-2 for 72 points (.500). That ranked them seventh in the Atlantic Division, 13th in the Eastern Conference, and 25th in the AHL. 

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