Named interim GM after O’Connell’s ouster, Gorton from nearby Melrose, had a busy few months before Peter Chiarelli took over. Gorton remained with the B’s as Chiarelli’s assistant GM until let go during the summer of 2007. He signed on with the NY Rangers and is currently that team’s Assistant Director of Player Personnel (to Stratford, N.H.’s Gordie Clark, former Bruins player and chief amateur scout). Working closely with chief amateur scout Scott Bradley, Gorton and the rest of the Bruins scouts put in place a major part of the franchise’s future success at the draft (Chiarelli was still at the Ottawa draft table) and during the early summer of 2006 before Chiarelli was released to the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask, G- Gorton’s one trade as Boston GM was a big one, and it occurred in Vancouver at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He swapped 2004 Calder Trophy-winner Andrew Raycroft to the Toronto Maple Leafs even-up for Rask, who had been that team’s first-round pick the previous summer. The Bruins had coveted Rask and were preparing to take him when the Leafs called the Finn’s name just one pick before (the B’s ended up taking Lashoff).
Zdeno Chara, D- Before Chiarelli was fully on board, Gorton worked to sign Chara, the most coveted free agent of the summer. Although L.A. reportedly offered more money, Gorton convinced Chara of Boston’s vision and plan more effectively, and the huge Slovak instead signed with the Bruins. This was important, because the team had endured a reputation during the O’Connell years of being a less-desireable place for free agents- Jeremy Roenick took less money from Philly to sign with the Flyers over the Bruins. Chara’s decision sent the message to Boston fans that things were changing.