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New York Rangers Fire President, GM

The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that team President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton are leaving the organization.

Associate General Manager Chris Drury has been promoted to president and general manager, effective immediately, the team said in a statement.

This comes after the front office called out the NHL Department of Player Safety for only fining Capitals forward Tom Wilson $5,000 after he set off a massive brawl during Washington’s 6-3 victory against the New York Rangers.

The incident happened in the second period after Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek made a save, USA Today reports. Several players pushed for position in the crease, and Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich fell to the ice. Wilson punched Buchnevich in the back of the head while he was prone. Wilson then body-slammed a helmetless Artemi Panarin to the ice as other players and referees got involved to break up the fight.

The article states Wilson received a 10-minute misconduct penalty and four minutes for roughing. Once he entered the penalty box, he flexed in a taunting gesture.

The Rangers released a statement on Tuesday, saying they are “extremely disappointed” Wilson was not suspended for “his horrifying act of violence.”

“Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these type of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and their Department of Player Safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely,” the team said.

The president and general manager were fired less than 24 hours after Tuesday’s statement. Wednesday’s game between the Rangers and Capitals started with three altercations within the first few seconds and three additional fights within the first few minutes of the first period.

In the Wednesday statement announcing their firing, Executive Chairman of MSG Sports James Dolan thanked Davidson and Gorton for their contributions to the organization.

“They are both great hockey professionals who worked hard for the Rangers, however, in order for the team to succeed in the manner our fans deserve, there needs to be a change in leadership,” Dolan said.

Drury is in his sixth season as part of the Rangers front office. He first served as the team’s director of player development for the 2015-16 season, was promoted to assistant general manager in 2016, and promoted to associate general manager earlier this year.

“Chris is a very sought-after executive and a strong leader, who has proven himself to be one of the top young minds in hockey,” Dolan said. “We are confident he will effectively guide the team to ensure the long-term success we promised Rangers fans.”

He also played four seasons with the Rangers and was captain for three of them. Over his first three seasons with the Rangers, Drury led the team in goals (61) and points (146), ranked second in assists (85), and tied for second in game-winning goals (10), the team said. In addition, the Rangers made the playoffs three times during Drury’s four seasons with the team.

Written by Megan Turner

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  1. Why fire anyone from the Rangers? Does anyone believe that they had any control over the repercussions of a bullshit $5k fine for what is considered (by this hockey bystander that likes cheap beer at non-NHL games) excessive violence? Punch people in the face and check them into the upper deck, but even MMA doesn’t allow hits on someone that’s defenseless.

  2. Supporting the players, expressing loyalty to the team and defending them results in termination? Dolan owns the team so he can do whatever he wants with his employees but somehow I think there will be more to this before the season is over.

  3. It’s amazing how misinformed or clueless those commenting on the Wilson situation are. Buchnevich was roughed up because he used a distinct kicking motion at Vitek Vanecek, the Caps goalie. That is very dangerous and could lead to a serious injury. That is why the rules prohibit it. Those who know hockey know how reckless that act by Buchnevich was and why Wilson went after him like he did.

    Skates are sharp and are basically knives on your feet. Many in the media who have never played the game or understand it don’t realize this. What Wilson did was basically rough up a guy for pulling a knife on his teammate and even worse on the goalie, who must be protected. Then Panarin jumped into the fray and got his butt roughed up, too.

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