The New York Rangers fired president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, the New York Post and Sportsnet reported, one day after the team made waves by releasing a statement critical of the NHL’s head of player safety.
The stunning move comes with just three games remaining in the Rangers’ 2020-21 season. The Original Six club will miss the playoffs but showed marked improvement after finishing in the bottom two of its division each of the previous three seasons.
Associate GM Chris Drury, a former Rangers centre, will take over as both president and general manager, according to Sportsnet.
CBC Sports has not independently confirmed the report.
It’s unknown whether the firings are connected with the Rangers’ statement Tuesday saying they believed George Parros was “unfit to continue in his current role” as the league’s head of player safety.
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The Rangers’ unprecedented statement about a league official may not have been the main reason owner James Dolan made his surprise decision, however.
The Rangers and Capitals, meanwhile, will face off again Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET with Wilson expected to be in Washington’s lineup.
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