Barnett joins Rangers' front office
Will serve as Sather's senior advisor, lead U.S. scouting efforts
|Mike Barnett's long association with the NHL includes the perspective of both a team's general manager and an agent for superstars, including Wayne Gretzky.|
He made an immediate impact in Phoenix, leading the team to their best record in Coyotes history (40-27-9-6) and finishing one point shy of the highest point total in franchise history (95 points) during his first season as GM in 2001-02. In recent years, after rebuilding the scouting staff, he added a strong stable of youngsters with Peter Mueller, Martin Hanzal, Keith Yandle, Keith Ballard, Zbynek Michalek, Daniel Carcillo, Daniel Winnik, Blake Wheeler, and Kevin Porter among others.
In addition, Barnett signed Phoenix franchise cornerstones Shane Doan and Ed Jovanovski to long-term deals. Prior to the 2006-07 trade deadline, he completed a series of transactions to secure Phoenix with seven draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and amassed 25 total picks for the Coyotes in the last three seasons.
Prior to his stay in Phoenix, Barnett served as President of International Management Group’s (IMG) hockey division for 12 years. As a player agent, Barnett earned a reputation as one of the most creative and well-informed agents in the industry. His client list included several high-profile players such as Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Paul Coffey, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Mats Sundin, and Sergei Fedorov.
A former player, Barnett played two seasons of professional hockey with the Chicago Cougers and Houston Aeros organizations of the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1973-74 to 1974-75, following his junior hockey and collegiate careers. He suffered a career-ending eye injury while with Houston.
A St. Lawrence University and University of Calgary graduate, Mike has two sons, Jesse and J.T., and three daughters, Joey, Janie and Jenna.