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The New York Rangers Just Fired Their GM and President

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What a tangled web the NHL weaves.

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The past 48 hours has been entirely a soap opera in the NHL.

Following an incident between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers involving Tom Wilson gooning Pavel Buchnevich and Artemiy Panarin, the Rangers released a statement last night after the NHL Department of Player Safety failed to suspend Wilson for his actions and only levied a fine ($5,000) against him. Now, just about 19 hours following the release of the statement, the Ranger shave fired their Team President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton.

It’s a shocking move to say the least after what looked like a unified move by a team sticking up for their star players. As it turns out, that may not have been the case entirely.

Wanting to make a change at the top of the organization after a down year is a common theme in major professional sports, but the Rangers have not had a “down year” by many standards and under the control of Davidson and Gorton, the team has made considerable improvements year-over-year. If this had to do with performance, it would have been done at the end of the year.

I wouldn’t call a winning record (26-21-6) and missing the playoffs in one of the toughest divisions in the NHL “underachieving” for this Rangers team, but I guess that is the story we are being told.

Yeah, no kidding.

The team is controlled by James Dolan, who is the Executive Chairman and CEO of Madison Square Garden Sports and Entertainment, who also oversees the New York Knicks (NBA), New York Liberty (WNBA), and Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). You know, the super level-headed and responsible James Dolan. The same guy who bans fans and tries to ban former players from attending games for usually no good reason.

This was fast…

I’m sure more on this soap opera will unfold before the Capitals and Rangers take the ice this evening.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.