Rangers let go of longtime trainer Jim Ramsay

In startling news that left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths, the Rangers let go of longtime trainer Jim Ramsay. The Athletic’s Arthur Staple broke the news.

Nobody knows why. Ramsay joined the Rangers in 1994. He’s been a staple as an athletic trainer for 29 years. It’s hard to believe that he’ll no longer be part of the organization. This is a good man who is outstanding at his job.

Of course, there was silence from the Rangers on social media. What else would you expect from an organization that’s become dysfunctional? I guess it’s too much for the team to recognize Ramsay’s hard work and dedication over three decades. He helped many players who suffered injuries during games.

Nobody has any idea if this was a mutual decision. That explains how this team does things. It’s hard to take them seriously. That’s why more loyal fans who have had season tickets are not going to many games. The whole operation doesn’t give anyone a good reason to trust them.

While they continue to search for a new coach by interviewing candidates, including Hartford bench boss Kris Knoblauch, who’s probably the best candidate left after Mike Sullivan announced that he’s committed to the Penguins, you really wonder what the heck is going on. Some will say it’s business as usual for Dolan and Sather.

It’s embarrassing that Sather is still involved in the process. It doesn’t say much for Chris Drury, who had a lousy season. Following a feel-good story in 2021-22, the Rangers never were consistent despite their record. The force-fed Patrick Kane trade hurt team chemistry. They were then ousted by the Hudson rival Devils in the first round.

That led to the dismissal of Gerard Gallant, who wasn’t on good terms with Drury. After reading about how bad things were during a poor stretch where they even lost badly to the tanking Blackhawks at home, it sounds like they should’ve pulled the plug last December. Instead, they let things play out. The unhappiness of several players on breakup day doomed Gallant, who lasted two seasons.

It’s hard to fathom why Ramsay is gone. It doesn’t say much about the organization. They clearly have lost the trust of many, including me. I have no idea what to expect this off-season.

They have a month to decide on a new coach. Then comes the hard decisions on key players, including Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller. Does anyone feel confident moving forward?


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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2 Responses to Rangers let go of longtime trainer Jim Ramsay

  1. hasan4978 says:

    I didn’t know about this till looking at the blog…the Rangers have actually had a pretty good record when it comes to player health in the last several years, why mess with that?


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