Glen Sather Steps Down as Rangers’ General Manager


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Glen Sather, right, has been an N.H.L. general manager since the 1980-81 season.

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Glen Sather, who has been at the helm of the Rangers since 2000, said Wednesday that he was relinquishing his role as general manager in favor of his assistant Jeff Gorton. Sather, 71, will remain team president.

After missing the playoffs in Sather’s first four seasons, the Rangers have reached the postseason in nine of the last 10 years. They advanced to the Eastern Conference finals three times in the last four seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 2014, when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

The Rangers won the Presidents’ Cup, with a league-best 113 points last season, and advanced to the conference finals, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. Sather was a runner-up to Tampa Bay’s Steve Yzerman in this season’s voting for general manager of the year.

Sather won five Stanley Cups from 1984 to 1990 as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. He has been an N.H.L. general manager since the 1980-81 season.

“It’s been a long time,” Sather said on a conference call. “I’ve pretty much spent my life doing this — playing, coaching and managing. I just felt it was time to move a little bit. The clock ticks for everyone. You look at the managers in the N.H.L., and they are all getting younger. I think it makes sense to have Jeff involved than me involved.”

Gorton, 46, will be the 11th general manager for the Rangers. He has been the team’s assistant general manager for the past four seasons. He joined the Rangers as a scout in 2007 and served as assistant director of player personnel before becoming assistant G.M.

Gorton spent 15 seasons with the Boston Bruins, including a stint as assistant general manager.

“There’s not a lot changing other than I will have the final decision on players,” Gorton said. “We have a really good staff here. And we have Glen in our corner. That’s a benefit to me and everyone else here.”

Gorton will be only the third general manager for the Rangers since 1989. Neil Smith took over for Phil Esposito in July of that year and held the position until Sather was hired in 2000.

This is the second notable changing of the guard in local hockey circles recently. The Devils’ longtime general manager, Lou Lamoriello, relinquished that role in May and hired Ray Shero. Like Sather, Lamoriello remains team president.

Sather’s role may be changing, but he is not planning to move from New York next season in his continuing role as team president.

“You’re going to be stuck with me, I’m going to be right here,” he said.

The Rangers, who traded forward Carl Hagelin and goalie Cam Talbot last week, were also active Wednesday, the first day to sign free agents. They added left wing Viktor Stalberg, minor-league forwards Brian Gibbons, Jayson Megna and Matt Lindblad, and the veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz, who played for the Rangers during the 2013-14 season.

The 29-year-old Stalberg, a 6-foot-3 left wing, played for Nashville the past two seasons. He scored a career-high 22 goals for Chicago in 2011-12.

Megna, a 25-year-old center, had 26 goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League last season. Gibbons, 27, split last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their A.H.L. team in Springfield, Mass. Lindblad, 25, had nine goals for A.H.L. Providence.

Diaz, 29, played for Calgary last season and replaces Matt Hunwick as the team’s seventh defenseman. Hunwick agreed to a two-year deal with Toronto on Wednesday.



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