Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather is expected to undergo surgery for prostate cancer Thursday in New York, according to three sources close to Sather. He is to be hospitalized for a few days and resume his normal duties soon, the sources said.
Sather, 69, was not available for comment.
"Almost all of Glen's business is done on the phone anyway," a source said. "He just doesn't want anybody to make a fuss over him."
Sather, who was inducted into the hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, is the franchise's 12th president and 10th general manager. He was appointed June 1, 2000. Before that, he was the GM in Edmonton, where the Oilers blossomed into a dynasty and won five Stanley Cups. He ranks 16th on the NHL's all-time coaching list with 497 victories.
Gorton, 43, is in his second season as an assistant general manager, overseeing day-to-day business in hockey operations, including salary-cap and collective-bargaining issues and administration of player contracts.
Gorton, who many NHL observers say has the credentials to be a general manager, served three years as assistant director of player personnel of the Rangers and seven of his 15 years with the Boston Bruins as an assistant GM.
As interim general manager for the Bruins in 2006, he traded goaltender Andrew Raycroft to Toronto in exchange for Tuukka Rask, the current No. 1 netminder in Boston, and added Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand in the draft.