THN: NYR Front Office ranked among the league’s lowest in fanbase confidence

Gorton works the phone at the 2016 draft (NYR)

Gorton works the phone at the 2016 draft (NYR)

The Hockey News did a great piece yesterday on confidence of each fanbase in their front office. Dominik Luszczyszyn, sent out a survey to help him rank each team’s front office based on 6 different categories. The categories were roster building, cap management, drafting and development, trading, free agency, and vision.

Considering the interactions I’ve had with Rangers fans on various platforms, I am not surpised that the Rangers rank 26 out of 30. Here’s the scorecard.
THN: NYR Front Office Scorecard by fans

THN: NYR Front Office Scorecard by fans

In fairness, this can’t be all put on the lap of new GM, Jeff Gorton but fans don’t feel he’s done much to change their perception as confidence has dropped in his early tenure.

Luszczyszyn, reasoned, “The team’s highest paid defensemen are Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, both of whom make $5.5 million plus per season for four more years, neither of whom deserve that kind of cash. It meant letting go of Keith Yandle, a player the team paid a very high price to acquire that was very under-utilized during his time in New York. I’m not sure what the game plan is in New York, but the future looks dim.”

By citing Staal and Girardi, he is really indicting Glen Sather, but it is hard to deny that as of right now, we as fans have no idea what the Rangers game plan is. I wrote about this in detail here.

Just to give the rankings some context, the Oilers, Bruins, Canadiens and Canucks are behind the Rangers from 27-30 respectively. Awful company. On the flip side, the Tampa Bay Lightning are ranked 1st overall and after retaining Stamkos and re-signing Hedman, how can they not be. Please read the full article and get all the rankings at THN.

So what’s YOUR confidence in the NYR going forward? Take the poll below and we will follow up on this story.

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Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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