This would be quite the blow for the Detroit Red Wings… However, the New York Post has just reported that Steve Yzerman might be willing to become a key member of the Rangers’ organization.
On Thursday, the Rangers officially confirmed that team president Glen Sather had resigned from his position and will transition into a senior advisor role within the organization.
Earlier today, Larry Brooks mentioned that he believes the Rangers will do their due diligence and reach out to Yzerman about coming to the Big Apple.
And it seems like they have and Yzerman is now interested.
“Steve Yzerman, likely the hottest pending free agent in hockey, is amenable to being wooed by the Rangers to succeed Glen Sather as team president, multiple sources with knowledge of his thinking have told The Post.”
It remains to be seen where this goes from here as the Rangers would need permission from Tampa Bay to speak to Yzerman, who is serving the final year of his contract as an adviser to the owner after having stepped down last September as general manager.
If the Rangers can manage to meet with Yzerman and make him an offer, it would have to compete with the many other teams looking to bring him on board, including the Red Wings.
The Rangers are also expected to take a close look at current Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson. Davidson spent eight seasons with the Rangers organization in the 1970s and 80s before being forced into retirement due to injury. He was the team’s color commentator on MSG Network broadcasts from 1983 until 2005 when he left to become president of the St. Louis Blues and has served as Blue Jackets president since 2012.
Sather informed The Post on Thursday that the objective is to have a president in place by July 1, if not by the June 21-22 draft that will be held in Vancouver.
Yzerman’s phone must be ringing off the hook…