It’s official: Gorton is assistant GM; Maxwell scouting director


From the Rangers:


Jeff Gorton named Assistant General Manager;Kevin Maxwell named Director of Professional Scouting

New York, July 11, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has promoted Jeff Gorton to Assistant General Manager and Kevin Maxwell to Director of Professional Scouting.

Gorton previously served four seasons with the Rangers, including as Assistant Director, Player Personnel for the last three seasons.  In his expanded role, he will assist Sather on all player transactions and contract negotiations.  He will also continue his involvement with the club’s professional and amateur scouting operations.  Prior to joining the Rangers, Gorton spent 15 seasons with the Boston Bruins organization, serving as the Bruins Assistant General Manager during the final seven years of his tenure.  As Assistant General Manager, he was involved in contract negotiations, scouting operations and the team’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.

Gorton served as Boston’s Interim General Manager from March 27 to July 8, 2006, directing the Bruins’ efforts at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and negotiating contracts and trades at the start of the 2006 free agency period.  At the 2006 draft, Gorton was instrumental in landing Bruins’ star players Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask, as well as former Bruins’ star Phil Kessel.  He also acquired key All-Star free agents Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard.

Gorton originally joined the Bruins organization in their public relations department at the beginning of the 1992-1993 season.  He became the Bruins’ Director of Scouting Information in October 1994, where he created the scouting database which networks the club’s scouts via computer, and coordinated video on prospects in preparation of scouting assignments and the annual NHL Entry Draft.  Gorton holds a degree in physical education from Bridgewater State College, and a Masters in sports management from Springfield College.

Maxwell previously served three seasons with the Rangers as a professional scout.  In his expanded role, he will oversee the club’s professional scouting operations.  Maxwell joined the Rangers after serving as a professional scout with the Dallas Stars in 2007-08, where he focused on both North America and Europe.  Prior to joining Dallas, he spent 10 seasons with the New York Islanders organization, serving as the Islanders Director of Professional Scouting during the final two years of his tenure after serving as a professional scout for the previous eight years.  In addition, Maxwell served as Director of Player Personnel with the Hartford Whalers during the 1994-95 season.

A veteran of four NHL seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils, Maxwell registered six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, along with 61 penalty minutes in 66 games.  The Edmonton, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the third round, 63rd overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.  Internationally, Maxwell represented Canada in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, New York.

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  1. No changes. Messier remains assistant to GM. Clark is still Director of Player Personnel. Gorton replaces Cam Hope.

  2. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    morning ILB and all!!

    I warned you guys about talking about willie mitchell. LW (love the guy), hates physical d men, so if you bring them up, be prepared for a debate.

    getting a new whackamole—>?? Nice!!

    Not sure on the list if there is anyone available, if erskine is a free agent I heard he has a booming shot. I would still go for o brien, played for torts before, physical, team first guy, will clear the crease with malice, will miss a few games for one reason or another so allows a young guy to get in there (I also think he could be signed for eminger money).

    As far as eminger goes, I really liked the way he plays, but I do not understand why people are wanting him back now? I mean he honestly had ONE bad shift and everyone wanted to jettison him like used toilet paper (yet when talking about girardi, some say he has some bad shifts but…..just goes to show not many are “even” with there evaluations from player to player). He was “benched” in favor of a non physical d man (when we needed physicality) that was not resigned and could only sign with a team that paid him half as much as we did (basically). So why does everyone all of a sudden want him back?

  3. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    the only winger with a bit of scoring ability that I might (and it is a HUGE might) kick the proverbial tires on (I actually think he is a right wing though) is J P Dumont.

    Other than that, work out a trade for iggy (would love it regardless of anything else) or maybe semin (contract year, so who the hell knows, maybe AA rubs off on him. Besides, would make 24/7 even more interesting), or someone else (not sure who). Or just sort it out in training camp with who we have.

  4. I like, and have always liked, Mrs. Eminger. I like his physical play at the blue line. I see far too much backing up by our D-Men (CABER) and I like how Eminger steps up and makes a hit so it’s actually _difficult_ to gain the zone.

  5. or maybe semin (contract year, so who the hell knows, maybe AA rubs off on him.


    No double entendres at all in this sentence.

  6. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    caber actually wasn’t as bad as OPG at backing up and letting forwards into the zone (not picking on OPG here, just stating a fact). Staal also did it more than I would care to see. We need guys to be like kronwall or orpik and step up at the line. Not like we have a borderline NHL goalie behind them. Of course we are talking about a couple of d men that spend more time on their stomachs than their skates so…guess you have to cover up for being out of position somehow, might as well be on your stomach.

    Slowly getting unpacked, but in-laws are coming up next week for a week so….How you doing girl?

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    sorry, I just remember it starts with a “W”, I’m pretty bad with names too!

  8. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    the thing I did like about caber was he always put a hand right in the opposing players chest when the player was coming in to our zone…SMART!

  9. I thought Caber was one of the guys who best knew how to defend against the rush, and even at the net. but he just can’t skate anymore.

  10. wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) on

    100% in agreement on caber!! No, no thank you!!



  11. We need a special GM in charge of, “hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline.” A bit wordy, but effective.

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    Waseka is what some people started calling the twitter widget. I started using it just because “Waseka” is shorter than “the twitter widget.”

  13. LinCalPrustBoylahan on


    See wicky, get the inlaws to eatch the kids for a bonehead gathering!!

  14. Wicky©Hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    we should

    I’m on it!!

  15. billybleedsblue on

    “So, is Messier to Sather as Smithers is to Mr. Burns?”

    hahaha, I doubt Mess is fetching Slat’s slippers, but still funny.

  16. I am just glad that it’s counting UP and not counting DOWN. Counting down usually signifies something bad happening

  17. Another good point, Carp.

    Did you figure out who this is? It has to be a regular. My guess is eddie.

  18. Wicky©Hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on

    thought we covered the counting with this post…

    wicky(grating PIBG)© (HIT the mullet!!) July 10th, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    carp and 4ever,
    You guys didn’t know, one a day works for dolan and apparently dolan is paying richards in singles. So one a day has been counting them and putting them in stacks of fifty to pay richards salary.

    wawa is where chris simon is from!

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    Currently, our third and fourth highest paid forwards are Wolski and Avery (who receives half of his pay from Dallas)

  20. Wicky©Hands to the chest of opposing players crossing the blueline GM! on


  21. I just told a 12 year old Kings fan, the Kings traded A first round pick, a 2nd round pick, Loctionov, and Richardson to the Caps for Alex Semin, and he totally bought it.

    He went on to explain how great a trade it is, and how the Kings will become a dynasty.

    Hopefully he doesn’t have access to a widget!

  22. bull dog line on

    could not disagree with you more about Stepan. he is to skilled a center to change positions, sees the ice like a center, and is responsible in his own zone like a center. why would you mess with that. he is the second best center on the roster, it would be foolish to move him. the obvious move to left wing is AA. he has the size that Stepan lacks to play along the wall (I know Stepan was pretty good at this as well), and he has a better shot off the wing, than Stepan. AA is not the playmaker that Stepan is. it would be a foolish move, a move that would last about 15 games.

  23. I mentioned it the other day, Step-On briefly played on the wing for two weeks or so, and looked lost, and played his worst hockey of the season.

    I’d try Artie there as well. Obviously Step-On needs to work on those faceoffs though.

  24. JimboWoodside on

    And I can’t help it – when I hear or read the name Gorton, I think of fish sticks, and that little cartoon of a fisherman that is in the Gorton’s logo.

    That invariably is a reminder of the Icelanders, which is never a good thing….

  25. JimboWoodside on

    You’re a mean man, Orr – tormenting minors with phony trade deals – *shame*!! ;-D

  26. “A Schooner is a sailboat stupidhead.”


  27. Just talked to the same aunt who worked with Waseka.

    Apparently, her former boss was named “Kayomama.” Is that widget-worthy?

  28. I like the idea of Artie on the wing. But I’m not sure if I’d want to move him because I don’t want to break up the Pack Line…

    I could see Stepan playing 3rd line center and power play time and PK…I’m not sure he’s ready to play the top line for a whole 82 game season, but I could be wrong….

    I imagine that Wolski and Zucca will get long looks in camp at that top LW spot…they both have the skill to keep up with Gaby and Richards….

    I think Zucca has to be a top-six forward on the NYR or it’s a waste of his time…if there isn’t a spot in the top-6, he might as well play big minutes in CT and develop his game there….

  29. Cross Check, who says I’m dumb?

    Bull dog, although I don’t like talking line combos — since they’re pretty much nonsensical and change every five minutes … the reason I give for the Stepan move to LW, in addition to the abilities he has (listed above) is that I’m pretty sure the first three centers are going to be Richards, Anisimov and Boyle in terms of ice time (Anisimov centering Dubinsky and Callahan at least at the start). Thus, instead of Stepan rotting with six minutes of fourth-line duty per game, I’d give him a shot at playing 18 first-line minutes. To me, wing/center, there’s not a lot of difference. But 6 minutes/18 minutes is a huge difference.

  30. bull dog line on

    Boyle will be the third line center. the choice here is who will the 2nd line center, and who will move the wing. chances are the pack line is going to be broken up. Dubi could end up on the left of Gabby and Richards. I think this makes the most sense, although I would like to see WW get a shot for the first 20 games. if he not clicking after that time than he can sit in the press box.

  31. He does, Manny. But, I think there are like 4 guys ahead of him that will get a shot there…

    I highly doubt that Torts wants to break up these two lines but, he may have to:



  32. I agree that Wolski will get a crack at it because of his potential and then it will fall to Fedotenko (who has played with Richards before) and then maybe Stepan or Dubi gets a shot.

    I think Avery is the most logical fit. He’s a decent passer and his “camping out behind the net” theory of offense might actually work if he feeds the puck effectively.

  33. wicky, wicky, wicky…

    You know that I don’t “hate” physical D-men. (Rachunek is probably my favourite Ranger of all-time, after all.) I just don’t really see the point in acquiring a stiff like Exelby or a corpse like Witt to “bang” and “crease-clear” and get scored on a lot for 8-10 minutes a game.

    If the crease-clearer is also a decent player (better than what the team already has and not stunting the development of anyone), not a problem. Is someone like Shane O’Brien that player? Doubt it…

  34. bull dog line on

    we are talking about all the lines after Henri (the pocket rocket) Avery’s. he is the whole first line. he does not need line mates, he that good.

  35. (Rachunek is probably my favourite Ranger of all-time, after all.)


    LW, surely you jest.

  36. bull dog line on

    do you really think they signed Richards so Sean (Boom Boom) Avery can dish from behind the net.

  37. No no no. I don’t think that was on their minds. I think Torts does not even like Avery. I just see a bunch of lines that “work” together and _before_ Torts starts juggling, on paper, I think Avery fits on that line. It just so happens to be the first line.

  38. True Blue Mike on

    I really think Avery would be effective playing along side Richards and Gaborik. Avery has always been very good behind the net and along the boards and he shoots the puck. I think when he is on his game that will be a good line, offensively that is.

  39. Carp – LOL! Boy, they don’t make tv comedies like that any more. Just stupid enough to be funny.

    Here we go again with Avery. I think there’s a higher possibility of Avery being let go than putting him on the first line. With Prust and now Rupp on the team what is Avery needed for?

  40. bull dog line on

    list of guys who fit better than Avery, and make more sense than Avery on the first line.

  41. billybleedsblue on

    one a day, what’s the deal with your brand of crazy, I’m just trying to understand this new phenomenon…

    I don’t wanna be all neg nancy pants around here, but… ugh… I’ve just got that feeling that things will be all screwed up with this team… that Richards is in no way a panacea… that tragedy will strike us somehow… and that the Rangers will once again come up a day late and a dollar short. :( Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

  42. bull dog – a lot of those guys already fit in other places. I told you what WW would get first crack and maybe Fedotenko after that. After that, I think you try Avery. He is kind of a lost soul on this team and he has ability.

  43. Yeah, I heard neon green is very trendy in Paris, these days. Avery will feel right at home, minus the Deer running in front of his car while driving back from a game.

    Just remember, if the hoof gets caught in your car, borrow your moms knife, and hack it off, but don’t forget to bring it back!!

  44. What a horrible thought to end my day on! Thanks, NYR!

    With a little luck ^Hobbit Wizard^ will get to try his magic on that line.

  45. Sorry, Manny!! It’s actually a legit concern that I have! You know how Torts has a love/hate relationship with EC…

    Yep, Hobbit Wizard playing with the big boys would be pretty special…(and magical)!

  46. Knowing Torts, I think the only person not to play on that left wing, at least for a couple of shifts, is Mike Sullivan

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