The New York Rangers announced that Jeff Gorton will be their assistant general manager, becoming more involved in player transactions and negotiations.

Gorton has been with the club for four seasons working for GM Glen Sather, most recently as assistant director of player personnel.

Gorton spent 15 years with the Boston Bruins in a host of front office positions.

In a six-month stint as interim general manager in 2006, he made several moves that pointed Boston in the right direction towards their Stanley Cup win five years later.

He traded Sergei Samsonov to gain an additional second round draft pick, and the Bruins would go on to select Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand in the first rounds of that draft. Yuri Alexandrov, the other Boston second round pick that year, finally come over to North America from Russia before the 2010-11 season.

The Bruins also signed Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard to free agent contracts during the same time frame.