Monday, July 11, 2011

Rangers Promote Gorton to Assistant GM, Maxwelll to Head of Pro Scouting

Today the New York Ranges made official what was reported last week in terms of changes within the front office.  Jeff Gorton goes from Assistant Director of Player Personnel where he worked closely with Gordie Clark on the draft and scouting side to Assistant General Manager.  In his new role Gorton will be working with Glen Sasther on player transactions and contract negotiations and has three big ones to get done in the next few weeks before arbitration hearings.
Gorton has experience in the top job as he was interim GM for the Boston Bruins in 2006 and during his tenure he played a role in the signing of Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard to free agent deals along with the trade that sent Andrew Raycroft to Toronto for Tukka Rask.  Beyond that the draft that year saw the Bruins select Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand.  Those moves give Gorton a big stamp on what the Bruins accomplished this year as does his work with Gordie Clark the past four seasons in the Rangers rebuilding of the prospect system.  The Rangers are lucky to have Gorton as part of the decision making group of this organization and this was a smart hire to replace the departing Cam Hope.
Another move announced today was that Kevin Maxwell has taken over Director of Pro Scouting after being with the Rangers the past three years.