In Jeff Gorton’s second summer as New York Rangers general manager, he’s proven he can be aggressive and effective without throwing caution to the wind.
Any doubt about whether Gorton can deliver has been erased by an eventful summer culminated by the Friday signing of free agent Jimmy Vesey, the Harvard graduate who is viewed as an NHL-ready scoring winger.
Vesey could have signed with Pittsburgh to play with Sidney Crosby or committed to Buffalo to play with his buddy Jack Eichel. He had the option of joining his father (a scout) and brother (a prospect) in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He could have stayed in Massachusetts and signed with the Boston Bruins
Instead, Gorton persuaded him to become a Ranger.
The offseason started with Rangers fans hoping Gorton would find a way to trade Rick Nash and/or Dan Girardi as a means to remedy the franchise’s salary cap woes.
Realistically, that wish was somewhere between challenging and impractical.
Gorton focused on signing prospect winger Pavel Buchnevich out of the KHL. Knowing that re-signing…