Rumor: Slats considering stepping down as GM

Earlier this morning, myself and Kevin were discussing this article by Jim Murphy at ESPN Boston where Murphy dropped a bombshell. Current President and General Manager Glen Sather is considering stepping down as GM of the Rangers. Murphy, who is not a noted irresponsible rumormongerer (he is not an Eklund type), noted that Slats would retain his role as President of the club.

Murphy continues, saying that Jim Schoenfeld or Doug Risebrough (former Minnesota Wild GM) could be next in line. However, he does not mention Jeff Gorton, who took the reigns when Slats had surgery for prostate cancer, as a potential replacement.

During his press conference following the firing of John Tortorella, Sather insisted that he would remain in his current role next season, so perhaps this transition will be a slow one.

More news on this will come in the following weeks, but this is something to keep an eye on. Slats is almost 70 years old, and we knew this day was coming.

12 Responses to “Rumor: Slats considering stepping down as GM”

  1. Harry says:

    If true, this is the best Ranger season since 94.

  2. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    I would have to believe he’s not doing anything until a new head coach is named. Can’t fire a coach then bounce before a new one is hired.

  3. ranger17 says:

    Make Mess the new GM , way for slats to get out of not hiring him as new head coach. Still controls everything as Pres

  4. joe719 says:

    Its already been refuted by Brooksie and the other beat writers. I do think this will be the last coach Sather gets to hire, though. Surprised that the story would discount Jeff Gorton so quickly. The guy help build Boston into what they are.

  5. Randy says:

    Have their been any rumors about Paul Maurice as a coaching candidate? Guy had a couple strong playoff appearances with strong goaltending and a young top center (Staal,Irbe,Ward). I know Laviolette was the one who eventually brought them home the cup, but apparently this guy is available somewhere out in Russia, for Metallurg I believe, so I am just wondering why his name has not really surfaced for any of these coaching openings.

    • Randy says:

      As for the rumors on Sather…

      I would think that he will stick around to hire this last coach, and I am guessing it will be Vigneault. Then maybe he will take 1 or 2 years to transition and hand the reigns over to Mess or Rutherford for GM. The team is too close to a cup to completely transition with a guy like Risebrough to come in. Hopefully Sather can make 1 or 2 more McDonagh deals and avoid the Clowe/Richards type deals before he heads out. After that…good riddance.

  6. SalMerc says:

    It may be time to use the players and coaches differently, so stepping down now will allow the new GM to reign in his choice. Would make for an interesting summer.

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    Historically Stanley coach winners are usually one and done. Notwithstanding the current finals.

    I would like a coach that hasn’t won one yet. So he is hungry.

    • Ray says:

      Not quite, but this year will mark the first time in nearly 60 years that a coach wins his second Cup in a season not immediately following his first.

      Also, no coach not named Scotty Bowman has led two teams to victory in the last 75 years.

  8. Erixon20 says:

    No way we are so lucky. And if the rumor were true, how is it possible that Gorton wouldn’t get the gig or even be mentioned?

  9. The Suit says:

    Stepping down as GM, but remaining President isn’t really stepping down.

  10. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers lost out on Don Maloney because Sather wasn’t really to step down and now they could lose Jeff Gordon. I am not anti-Sather he has been a very good hockey man but I think its time for him to move aside. And please don’t put in Messier as GM, he needs to earn his way like everyone else.