Rangers name Mike Grier hockey operations advisor

Mike Grier during his playing days with the Buffalo Sabres. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

The New York Rangers have named Mike Grier as the team's new hockey operations advisor, team president and general manager Chris Drury announced Wednesday.

Grier will have a role in both the team's on-ice hockey decisions and off-ice player development. The 14-year NHL veteran will also assist Rangers prospects as they come through the organization, including members of the Hartford Wolf Pack, New York's AHL affiliate.

The Detroit, Mich., native has held several positions with NHL teams since hanging up his skates back in 2011, including most recently as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

Grier spent his 14 seasons in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks. He racked up 383 points and 510 penalty minutes in 1,060 career games.

The Rangers had a middling 2020-21 campaign, finishing with a 27-23-6 record and one spot out of a playoff berth in the East Division.

As the season was coming to a close, New York fired team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton, promptly putting Drury on both roles. Then, on May 12, the Rangers fired head coach David Quinn and three assistant coaches.

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