The Rangers have announced that Brad Richards and Brian Leetch will join the organization as Hockey Operations Advisors.
From the Rangers release, "In their roles, Leetch and Richards will work with the hockey operations department in both hockey-related decisions along with off-ice player and prospect development. In addition, Leetch and Richards will assist prospects in the Rangers organization, including players with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, in on-ice development."
Richards and Leetch join Jed Ortmeyer (Director, Player Development) and Steve Eminger (Pro Scout) as former Rangers who re-joined the organization this summer.
Pierre LeBrun tweeted, "Richards as a player was very inquisitive about how front offices ran. We had many such conversations during the years. Future GM perhaps."
Adam Rotter: Richards was around the team in the playoffs, often sitting with Rangers management in their box at MSG, so him joining the organization isn't that surprising. Leetch has been in and out over the years as an analyst for the Rangers on MSG, spent time in the NHL office and now seems to be shifting towards management. I can't imagine it's ever a bad thing to have Brian Leetch around and Richards played a big role as a leader with this team, especially after Ryan Callahan was traded in 2014. Prospect and player development is as important as ever in this flat salary cap world and the Rangers are bringing in a lot of former players/leaders to help make sure the organization can remain competitive.