FullTilt Flashback: Could these past posts give insight on Jeff Gorton’s future?
As the Rangers speed down the tunnel of uncertainty on an aging train with older and hard to replace parts, I decided to look at some old posts on Jeff Gorton for any clues on his thought process and potential actions.
The names, Tuukka Rask, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand were drafted by Gorton in 2006. Think that’s good? He also signed Zdeno Chara that summer as well. All that from March to July 2006 before being let go in 2007 and scooped up by the New York Rangers. While with the Rangers he guided player development until being promoted to assistant GM in 2011.
Now, Gorton will take over complete control in building the NY Rangers in his own image. Make no mistake, the deals that were consummated at the NHL draft should be attributed to him and not Sather… READ MORE
Gorton’s first order of business was to handle the July 1st free agent frenzy that had always enticed Sather into a big spending-spree. What he did instead was make cost-effective, low risk signings with the potential to pay-off as great depth for the team. He signed Viktor Stalberg and Raphael Diaz to NHL contracts while adding Brian Gibbons, Jason Megna, and Matt Lindblad to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The players that Gorton inked have displayed strong underlying statistics for their respective positions…READ MORE
Jeff Gorton has laid the foundation for what the Rangers will be under him. By hiring Greeley, Bobrov and Drury he has essentially laid the foundation of the Rangers future. A future that will be less Satherlike and more Gortonesque…READ MORE
Yesterday, for all intents and purposes GM, Jeff Gorton put the Rangers on notice. After trading away a very disappointing Emerson Etem to Vancouver for Nicklas Jensen and a pick in 2017, he said as much.