The New York Rangers have fired general manager Jeff Gorton and president John Davidson, and have promoted Chris Drury to president and GM effective immediately, the team announced Wednesday.

"We want to thank JD and Jeff for their contributions to the organization. They are both great hockey professionals who worked hard for the Rangers, however, in order for the team to succeed in the manner our fans deserve, there needs to be a change in leadership," Rangers owner James Dolan said in a statement.