The Rangers refused to let Chris Drury interview with the Sabres. New York had its own plans for the former Buffalo captain.
The Rangers on Tuesday named Drury as general manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. Drury takes over for former Sabres coach and defenseman Jim Schoenfeld, who relinquished his role with Hartford to concentrate on his senior vice president and assistant GM duties with the Rangers.
The 40-year-old Drury is quickly rising through the Rangers’ organization. The team hired him as director of player development for the 2015-16 season, and it named him assistant GM this season. He retains that title in addition to his general manager spot with Hartford.
Drury is also on the management team for the United States’ world championship squad.
Buffalo asked the Rangers last month if it could talk with Drury about its GM job, but New York declined. Jason Botterill got the position.