If Glen Sather decides to give up his role as Rangers GM he could stay on as president.
Glen Sather is undecided about whether he will remain general manager of the Rangers for a 16th year.
A source confirmed to the Daily News on Friday the accuracy of a report that the 71-year-old is considering stepping down from his GM post – though he perhaps would remain in the role of president.
Jeff Gorton, Sather’s assistant GM the past four years, would be the obvious choice to succeed him. Gorton previously was the interim GM of the Boston Bruins and is heavily involved in the Rangers’ daily operations, particularly on the contract negotiation end.
Sather essentially has a lifetime contract at the Garden. He has been president-GM since June 2000.
He previously won five Stanley Cups as coach and then GM of the Edmonton Oilers. He is a finalist for the NHL’s GM of the Year Award this season and has overseen a recent stretch of the Rangers becoming one of the league’s top teams year-in and year-out.
They won the Presidents’ Trophy this season and set franchise records for wins and points in a season.
Sather, however, has traded four of the Rangers’ first-round draft picks from 2013 to 2016 or 2017 – as well as forward prospect Anthony Duclair – in deals for Rick Nash, Marty St. Louis and Keith Yandle. And the Rangers no richer in the championship department because of it, while their future has taken a hit.
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