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Rangers promote Chris Drury to assistant GM (update)

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Chris Drury #23 of the New York Rangers skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on January 5, 2011 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers are expected to promote one of their former players.

Chris Drury will be named the team’s next assistant general manager, according to’s Joe McDonald.

The 40-year-old spent four years with the Rangers between 2007 and 2011 before being bought out by the club.

Update: The Rangers made the news official a few hours later.

Drury played 892 games with Colorado, Calgary, Buffalo and New York. He scored 255 goals and 615 points throughout his career.

After he retired in 2015, the Rangers named Drury their director of player development.

“Chris has become an extremely important and valuable member of our management team since joining us last year,” Gorton said, per a team release. “He’s come in with the same qualities we all know he had as a player — great work ethic, passion and dedication. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, with everything he’s accomplished in the game and feel very fortunate to have him working with us in this role.”

Drury was one of the people that helped the Rangers land top free agent prospect Jimmy Vesey, but the plan to promote him began long before the Vesey signing.