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07-15-2013, 02:13 PM
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This is from Brown's blog:

Rangers officially splitting duties

There will be a separate general manager and coach next year at the Aud.

Kitchener Rangers chief operating officer Steve Bienkowski has confirmed that the club will split the duties next year.

Both jobs were left vacant when ex-GM/coach Steve Spott resigned to take on the head coaching job with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

Bienkowski has said that a changing landscapre in the Ontario Hockey League is the reason behind the team's split from the single GM/coach system it has used for the past dozen years.

More than 50 people applied for the positions and the Rangers are closing in on their candidates. The squad is down to a short list with four in the running for the coaching job and three for the GM.

Some applicants are on their second interview.

At least four ex-Rangers have thrown their hat in the ring but the club isn't releasing any of the names of those in the mix.

"The problem we have is that some of the people are employed," said Bienkowski.

The team is hoping to announce its new front office next week.

Assistant GM/coach Troy Smith has applied for the head coaching job and is believed to be one of the final four in the running for the position.

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