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The Rangers are keeping a key part of their front office once again after another general manager search elsewhere in the NHL.
Assistant general manager Chris Drury, who is also GM of AHL Hartford, has pulled his name out of the running to be the Penguins’ next general manager, The Post confirmed on Wednesday. TSN first reported Drury had informed the Penguins he was not currently interested in leaving New York or the Rangers.
Drury was believed to be on a short list of candidates to replace Jim Rutherford, The Post’s Larry Brooks previously reported, but instead the Rangers will be hanging onto him.
The 44-year-old Drury had interviewed with the Panthers for their GM job last summer before also withdrawing from consideration.
Rangers assistant general manager Chris Drury is not interested in the Penguins’ GM job.Getty Images
Kaapo Kakko was back on the ice Wednesday after spending two days on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol List.
The Rangers’ second-year winger was placed on the list Monday — which could have been for being deemed a high-risk close contact or other precautionary reasons — keeping him out of their game against the Penguins, but he returned to practice on Wednesday. He joined Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome on the second line.
“I do like the way he’s played lately,” Quinn said. “Right now with our lineup, that’s our best look.”
Chris Kreider was reunited with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich on the top line while Alexis Lafreniere was back with the third line. … With Kakko off the COVID-19 list, the Rangers assigned Jonny Brodzinski to AHL Hartford.