Friday, June 18

Why did the Rangers fire John Davidson and Jeff Gorton? Production may be the reason behind a shocking move

Ladies and gentlemen: JD and the Straight Fired.

The Rangers fired general manager Jeff Gorton and team president John Davidson, reportedly in a shocking move that no one in the NHL saw coming.

Gorton had been employed by the Rangers since 2015, serving as the team’s general manager in that span. During that time, the team acquired Artemi Panarin and rebuilt on the fly, developing a core of young and talented players in the process.

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Davidson, however, is the most surprising layoff: Ranger’s longtime fan favorite and front office executive also got the ax, despite being in the role for less than two years. He was hired on May 17, 2019.

Chris Drury, former Ranger, gets the go-ahead to take on the roles of CEO and President:

The Rangers are coming off a disappointing 26-21-6 season, again missing the Stanley Cup playoffs under head coach David Quinn.

Here’s why both Gorton and Davidson got the ax.

Why did the Rangers fire Jeff Gorton and John Davidson?

There are conflicting reports on the exact reason why both head office executives are heading to the unemployment line.

Prevailing reports indicate that team owner James Dolan was simply unhappy with the team’s production in 2020-21, missing the Stanley Cup playoffs with just three games to play.

Others say Davidson and Gorton distanced themselves from the Rangers’ controversial statement Tuesday, calling for the resignation of NHL Chief of Player Safety George Parros, ultimately leading to the firing.

Some reports have said that the firing is purely coincidental.

Still, the Rangers appear to be ahead of the timeline they set themselves a few years ago, when a letter to fans addressed the team’s intentions to undergo a rebuild.

Since then, the team has selected Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and K’Andre Miller, who have all made their mark as members of the core. They also acquired Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba and Artemi Panerin, either through trade or free agency.

Chris Drury will assume the roles of CEO and President.

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