According to the Boston Herald, the Bruins have contacted the New York Rangers for permission to speak with Jeff Gorton regarding the club’s vacant GM position.
Gorton was the Bruins’ assistant GM when the club drafted Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.
He served as the Bruins’ interim GM for three months in 2006 signing free agents Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard. Gorton was also responsible for the Bruins’ acquisition of goaltender Tuukka Rask from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft prior to being replaced by Peter Chiarelli.
On Saturday Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Bruins would interview Ray Shero and Paul Fenton over the next week.
Shero was the GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-14. Fenton is currently the assistant GM of the Nashville Predators.
Related: (Report) Toronto approached Chiarelli before he took Oilers job
Peter Chiarelli is already at work assessing the Edmonton Oilers depth chart.
The newly appointed President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Oilers was reportedly at prospect Leon Draisaitl’s game with the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night. With Chiarelli on the scouting trip was former GM Craig MacTavish.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Chiarelli has asked MacTavish to remain with the club at a position, which has yet to be defined. Chiarelli is also expected to meet with current Oilers’ head coach Todd Nelson in the coming days.
Friedman reports that prior to Chiarelli taking the Oilers job, the Leafs called the 50-year-old to gauge his interest in the in the Toronto vacancy.
The Leafs fired GM Dave Nonis along with interim head coach Peter Horachek and several scouts on April 12.
Leafs’ President Brendan Shanahan is also reportedly interested in both Sean Burke and George McPhee for GM role. The pair are currently part of Team Canada’s management staff for the upcoming World Hockey Championship.
According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the Edmonton Oilers have removed Kevin Lowe as the club’s President of Hockey Operations.
Lowe, who spent a total of 15 seasons as a player with the Oilers, joined the club as an assistant coach in 1998 and served as the club’s general manager from 2000-2009 when he was promoted to President of Hockey Operations.
The Oilers are expected to announce the hiring of Peter Chiarelli at some point today.
Update from TSN’s Bob McKenzie: