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Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:37 pm

The Rangers are planning to buy out the final season of team captain Chris Drury's contract, according to a report in the New York Daily News. The source of the report was rather succinct in his/her words: "He's gone."

Beginning next Wednesday is the NHL's timeframe for contract buyouts leading up to free agency on July 1. New York owes Drury one more season on his five-year, $35.25 million deal. What shedding his contract from the books would do is save the Blueshirts $3.3 million against next season's salary cap, which is expected to go up a couple million dollars as it is, and will hit the following season's cap by $1.6 million.

The Rangers captain's production went way down last season, playing in 24 games because of injury and being held to only one goal and four assists.

New York has a few decisions to make on the restricted free-agent scene with seven guys on the roster, including up-and-comers Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky. Then attention will turn to the open market, where they are certain to chase Brad Richards.

-- Brian Stubits

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:15 am
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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 9:48 am

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season bad!!!

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 9:47 am

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

If they bring in someone, after signing Callahan and Dubinski, hopefully its someone with playoff experience, and preferably final experience.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:49 am

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

Like I said some time ago, I was at a Dallas/Phoenix game at the end of March; it was a big game for both teams trying to get into the playoffs and Richards was invisible.  Maybe he was just back from a concussion, but didn't he disappear for a couple of years after Tampa gave him a big contract?  I would pass on this guy!  Hey Slats, you wanna make some noise; y'know Buffy (Dustin Byfuglien) doesn't want anything to do with Winter-peg.  Offer up Dubinsky and Tort's whipping-boy Del Zotto and you've got yourself a stud on D - already signed for $3 million..., a steal!!! 

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:33 pm

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

Smart move by the Rangers. Drury's s numbers w/ the Rangers have declined every year. Really hard to figure after his back to back 30 goal seasons w/ the Sabres. Bad chemistry? Bad attitude? Confidence? Who knows? Drury might have a few good years left if he links up w/ another team and re-commits himself.  But it's virtually certain that he'll ever make those kind of $ again where ever he ends up.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:00 pm

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

can they buy out glen sather's contract?

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:54 pm

Now they will Buy Zach Parise.......

And ruin him too.  And then they will go after another team's captain........And ruin them...........  It is so easy to hate the Ranger$.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:50 pm

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

drury is a dack the rangers blow another in the million buy a player schemes that failed i mean c'mon the jerkie is the capt upon getting here?????  the rangers are rotten and thats the way i like em

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:20 pm

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

fba, I love your love for Drury, I get that as a Sabres fan, but wanting him back is the same ill fated path people went down in Buffalo when they were angered by the Tim Kennedy move.  The fact of the matter is, we got beat by the B's last season in the playoffs for 1 reason and 1 reason only, toughness.  We had 5 Tim Kennedy's on the team already and they warned him not to go to arbitration because if he were to stay on the team, it was going to be a 2 way deal where they could send him to Portland.  He opted to ignore that and the rest is history, he floated from team to team until ultimately....he ended up in the AHL where he will play forever.  The same can be said about Drury.  The thing that made him great in Buffalo was he was a hard nosed, hard effort guy.  The problem with making up for lack of talent with 110% effort is that when age starts to strike and it slows you down, effort is sometimes not enough.  Thus, in the case of Drury, as the Rangers fans saw, his days are long past him.  Even if we took him for 1 million and put him as a 3rd line centerman, he'd be no better than what we have now.  He would simply be a replacement of Tim Connolly and even Timmy had about 35/40 points last season, and in my estimation, after the season he had last year, we'd be thrilled to get that outta Drury.  Fact is, sometimes you love a player but you have to realize the difference between what you'd like, and what will actually get you better.  I've said it 100x but the sooner the city of Buffalo realizes we're better without Kaleta on the ice, the sooner we have a chance at being successful.  As long as he's getting 5-7 minutes a game, we'll never be a contender.  Right now Vancouver is playing Boston in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs and of the 36 players dressing every night, NONE have anywhere near the lack of talent that Kaleta possesses.  Somewhere along the lines the city of Buffalo fell in love with a hometown hero because he threw his body around, and in that mix they missed the obvious fact that he was hiding the fact he's a pretty terrible hockey player.  

Conclusion, lets get over our love for certain players, for certain biased reasons and lets start putting the proper pieces together.   

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 12:42 pm

Report: Rangers to buy out Drury's final season

Best move the Rangers have made in 3 years.  Getting rid of Chris Drury is addition by subtraction.  There's no way to motivate this guy; maybe the Sabres are the answer, but my suspicion is that he's too old and impossible to motivate at this point.

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