Rangers hire Leetch, Richards as hockey operations advisers

Former New York Ranger Brian Leetch speaks during his jersey number retirement ceremony Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, in New York. Leetch came to the Rangers directly after the 1988 Winter Olympics, starting his NHL career after the U.S. team finished seventh. He played 17 games in that season in which the Rangers missed the playoffs. Leetch was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafsin 2004. He announced his retirement in May. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have hired former players Brian Leetch and Brad Richards as advisers.

General manager Jeff Gorton announced the hires Tuesday. Leetch and Richards will work on prospect development and assist with on-ice development for the Rangers and their top affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

These are the latest moves in an offseason that already included former captain and assistant general manager Chris Drury taking over GM duties in Hartford and New York hiring longtime NHL head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant on Alain Vigneault’s staff.

Leetch played parts of 17 seasons with the Rangers during his Hall of Fame career and was the top defenseman on the team that broke the franchise’s Stanley Cup drought in 1994. Richards played three seasons in New York from 2011-2014, helping the Rangers reach the 2014 Cup Final.

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