World news – Penguins eyeing Rangers’ Chris Drury as general manager


Sooner or later, the Rangers are going to lose an important front office resource in Chris Drury, and that time could be sooner than expected when the penguins call.

The highly respected Assistant General Manager of Blueshirts and GM des AHL Wolf Packs is featured on a short list of candidates with Mario Lemieux and the crew looking to replace Jim Rutherford, who abruptly resigned as GM of Pittsburgh this week.

As we understand it, the Rangers hierarchy would be on the rise Don’t get in the way of the Connecticut Yankee when the penguins ask for permission to speak to the 44-year-old executive. Our best information is that this request was not addressed to Blueshirts’ President John Davidson, at least on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed that Rutherford, due to an internal dispute with the property – and that essentially means Lemieux – is over the management of the club has resigned. No. 66 and PPP partner Ron Burkle are optimistic about the prospect of another run at the Stanley Cup with 33-year-old Sidney Crosby, 34-year-old Evgeni Malkin and 33-year-old Kris Letang as centerpieces of the effort. </ Most outside of the organization believe the club needs to replenish an essentially empty closet with potential customers instead of shoving all of its chips into the center of the table in search of a title. Indeed, the penguins could be in the Rangers' 2016-17 mode, if not 2017-18, although the dictation of letters is probably not what one should expect from Lemieux.

Among the questions: Will the penguins just hire someone to say what the owners want to hear and does Drury believe that the owners vision is the best way forward for this franchise? The main question is how much authority the GM would have if Lemieux looked over his shoulder.

However, there is no question that a mid-season departure would disrupt the Rangers organization. Drury oversees minor league operations while being a trusted confidante of GM Jeff Gorton. He has a say in all decisions. The franchise would miss him. It is obvious, however, that it will only be a matter of time.

Libor Hajek works under the same two-way NHL contract as Tarmo Reunanen, although the former’s NHL wage is $ 832,500 and the latter’s is $ 750,000. Everyone is said to earn the entry-level mandates of $ 70,000 in the AHL.

Since Reunanen was inducted into the wolf pack on January 12, he was not paid nickel while training and skating with the club to get on preparing for the start of the AHL season next week, while Hajek received his full AHL tariff because of him, was assigned to the taxi squad on the same day.

Things will get worse for these guys. The PHPA and AHL are on the verge of ratifying an agreement that guarantees AHL players 48 percent of their salary, with a minimum of $ 30,000 through the shortened schedule that teams will play between 24 and 44 games. Players would receive 40 percent if their team’s season was interrupted. So the two-way newbies would make $ 33,600 for the year … after most of them weren’t paid in about nine months.

So let’s say the Rangers believe Hajek is in a few Weeks can be better served playing games for the wolf pack than skating and practicing as a taxi driver. It would move from a wage scale of $ 70,000 to a rate of $ 33,600.

Of course, this applies to the entire league. Hajek, Reunanen and the Rangers are cited as examples only.

Then you have the common practice of moving players from the NHL squad to the taxi squad to save space. With a large number of options with large bonus packages – such as the Kaapo Kakko from Rangers or the 2019 Bowen Byram from Avalanche 2019 – the savings are considerable.

But also the actual wage losses of the players. Kakko and Byram earn $ 832,500 in the NHL and $ 70,000 in the AHL, respectively. Taking into account the withholding of the NHL escrow, each player on the taxi roster loses just under $ 5,137.93 per day. Of course they are 19 years old too.

That’s how it is during the pandemic. Maybe these guys and the dozen in the NHL who are on the Jojo team in the taxi team should just be grateful that they are not going to the AHL.

So I watched our podcast « Up in the Blue Seats » listened to, which was moderated by Ron Duguay and his colleague Mollie Walker and in which Mike Bossy appeared as a guest. Of course, the Rangers passed Bossy twice in the 1977 Amateur Draft, placing Lucien DeBlois in eighth place overall and Duguay in 13th place, before the islanders took 22nd place in 15th.

This was the forerunner of one of the big ones Lines from Fred Shero as GM / coach of the Rangers in 1978-79 and said he would rather have Duguay the way he plays than Bossy the way he plays.

The Canadiens gave the Quebecer on the advice of Scout Claude Ruel, who quoted Bossy’s defensive deficiencies, continued in 10th place overall. The Habs grabbed Mark Napier instead, who had three pretty good seasons in Montreal, scoring 40 goals twice and 35 goals once.

But the Canadians, for example, picked Bossy. How exactly would it have worked if he’d joined a team that had Guy Lafleur anchored on the front row right wing?

« One of the main reasons I didn’t want Montreal to design me is that they sent about 98 percent of their young people and designs to Nova Scotia from the AHL, « Bossy told Slap Shots on Friday. « Honestly, I don’t think I would have gotten a fair chance to make the team if they hadn’t taken me to a training camp with veterans where I could fill the net and give them no choice. »

Finally, and this is where I thought the Rangers would just have to run another lottery.

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