Rangers haven’t granted B’s permission to interview assistant GM Gorton

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Expanding on earlier reports that Boston has reached out to Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton about it’s vacant gig, Blueshirts boss Glen Sather told the New York Post that he hasn’t permitted the B’s to interview his right-hand man.

“I haven’t given permission to anybody to speak to anyone and I won’t as long as we’re playing,” Sather explained. “And there’s a question whether I would, anyway, after it’s over.”

It’s understandable that Boston is interested in Gorton given his ties to the organization. He was the club’s assistant GM when it drafted the likes of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand and, in 2006, briefly served as interim GM prior to Peter Chiarelli coming aboard.

According to ESPN, the Bruins have narrowed their GM search down to four candidates, though it’s unclear if Gorton is on that list. Other names tied to the gig include ex-Pens GM Ray Shero and current assistant GM Don Sweeney.

Per the Post, Gorton has one year remaining on his deal with New York and is widely expected to inherit the GM gig when Sather, who turns 72 this year, steps aside.