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Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:08 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 12:38 pm
 

For a few weeks, it has been clear the Rangers wanted to get rid of captain Chris Drury and his big contract. The only question was if they could, considering Drury is dealing with a knee issue that could keep him out all next season and CBA rules prohibit buyouts of injured players.

But Drury has elected to go along with the Rangers' plans, neglecting to apply for a medical exception, the New York Post reports.

That means Drury will become an unrestricted free agent up for grabs on Friday. You have to wonder how much interest there will be, but a reunion with the Sabres is a possibility, Larry Brooks of the Post suggests.

The Rangers, meanwhile, will be cap-charged approximately $3.717 million for the buyout this season and $1.667 million next year, though the obligation for 2012-13 could be erased pending negotiations of a new labor agreement.

Because Drury had a no-move clause in his contract, he was able to elect not to go on unconditional waivers preceding the buyout.

The captain was gracious in bowing out, responding to the Post with a statement via email.

"It was a great honor and privilege to be a New York Ranger for the past four years, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to fulfill that childhood dream," Drury said in a statement that was sent to the Post by email. "The Rangers are a first-class organization with great people in the hockey, public relations, team services and community relations departments.

"I would also like to thank Ranger fans. They always inspired me to do the best I could in whatever role I was asked to play. Playing before them in the Garden was a thrill of a lifetime. I wish all the fans and the entire Ranger organization the best of luck in the future."

Drury played very little for the Rangers last season, scoring just one goal with four assists in 24 games because of a broken finger and knee surgery.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:15 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

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Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

Here's a clue  Foote left the team, and then came back, which actually worked out great.




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:33 am
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

As a Sharks fan, I'd like to see Detroit get him as well.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:17 am
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

He won a Stanley Cup with the Avs and was the MVP of the Little League World Series.  I'll never forget him pitching and pounding HRS in Williamsport.


Wait a sec, I don't recall Drury ever playing at Yankee Stadium...




Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:04 am
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

Outside of Forsberg, name another player of any real importance they resigned out of "nostalgia"... none! Hardly a "habit". Get a clue! Curtis Leschyshyn doesn't count. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:42 am
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

I would like to see the Wings get him.

Yeah, for a million dollars or less. The guy might be a class act but he's 34 years old and his numbers have gone down every year... he's just not that good anymore.  For a million dollars his leadership skills and 12 or 13 minutes on the 3rd line could come in handy.... but not a nickel more then that please.



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

I would like to see the Wings get him.



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

The Avalanche have a habit of re-signing players, injured or not, simply out of nostalgia. 



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Rangers buy out captain Drury's final season

Drury is a class act. While he never had the skill or numbers to warrant a 7 million dollar contract, I dont blame him for taking the booku $$$ the rangers threw at him. At 35 he is a shell of the player he was, but he can still win draws, kill penalties, block shots, and be defensively responsible with the best of them.

He will land somewhere, and as  long as the expectations for scoring prowess are kept in check some team will pick him up cheap.


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