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Chris Drury’s Role

July 16, 2010, by

Chris Drury will never score a 37 goal season for the New York Rangers like he did for the Buffalo Sabres. Unless the absolute perfect storm of a season occurs (aka miracle). Rangers fans have generally come to tolerate the fact that Drury will forever be a 12-16 goal defensive forward who gets remarkably well paid to lead his club.

The problem is; what is Chris Drury’s role (as well as his cause and effect) moving forward? If Sather’s comments are true – that if a younger player wins a spot ahead of a veteran its his job – then Chris Drury’s roster spot could be under threat. The reality though is that Sather’s words don’t ring true for everyone and that $$$ still dictate to some degree.

Consider the current roster; Gaborik, Prospal, Dubinsky, Callahan, Christensen, Anisimov and Avery are probably the main players for top 6 spots right now. That’s 7 into 6 spots without considering Drury. Then factor in Prust, Boogaard, Boyle, Weise, Byers and Zuccarello-Aasen for the other places along with Drury and that’s 7 players for the other 6 forward spots. This is all without considering the merits of Stepan, Grachev and any camp surprises.

Drury’s offensive performance last year was grim. He regressed as an offensive player significantly and players such as Boyle, Prust, Weise and Byers can man the bottom 6 and help the PK for a fraction of the price. Should a $7m ticket and a captaincy title be enough to guarantee a roster spot? No but it is.  Some players will start in Hartford even if their play warrants a spot in New York.

The problem extends beyond the forthcoming season. Drury will still be here beyond 10/11. A lot of the above named players will still be under contract at this time. Will Derek Stepan, Evgeny Grachev or Chris Kreider be blocked because of Chris Drury presence? Very possibly. Right now, for all his likeable personality and experience Chris Drury is Rangers Captain and prospect road block. Drury is the next problem Sather will have to negotiate after he brings to an end the Wade Redden saga.

Where do you think Drury fits on the Rangers right now and going forward?


  1. Jim says:

    Captain Dreary’s going nowhere regardless of how ineffective he’s become because that idiot Sather included in his ridiculously fat contract a no movement clause. All that can be done is to have Dreary pressboxed, but unfortunately, that doesn’t remove his stupid contract from the cap.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      I agree Drury isnt going anywhere i just hope his presence doesnt cost a good prospect his development. Drury is still a solid 3rd line player with nice special teams skills. Problem is he’s grossly overpaid for his actual contributions.

      I’d hope he’ll be held accountable for his on ice play this season like others will be but even if he has another sub par year offensively i think they wont do anything about it.

      IMO there’s nothing wrong with benching the captain if he also deserves it.

  2. RangerSmurf says:

    Drury’s role should be 3rd line C, 1st PK, 1st PP. If they hadn’t signed Booger, I’d say 4th C with Prust and Byers, who at least have a little offense to their games.

    It will be 2nd C, 1st PK, and 2nd(or no) PP, most likely.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      agree that he’ll be given a spot above his production.

      I actually think a line of Prust – Drury – Byers would give us nice depth all the way down but no way does it happen.
      …and IMO Boogaard should only dress when needed anyway, despite the contract. He shouldnt be playing more than 40-45 games.

    • Dave says:

      It’s sad when Christensen is your top line center.

  3. Dave says:

    He should be the 3rd line center, as Smurf said. Put him between Avery and Weise. Then put him on the top PK because he’s one of the best in the game when it comes to killing penalties.

    I don’t know if i would put him on the PP though, but then again, who else is there?

    • jurgenno88 says:

      I dont mind if he gets some PP time so long as its earnt and he’s not a fixture. If this is indeed going to be a ‘development year’ then AA needs to be fed PP time, Dubinsky, Callahan and i’d not mind seeing guys like Weise parked in front or given an opportunity.

      If Callahan and Dubisnky etc are to be core guys long term then lets see what they can become when they’re the focal point of the PP with Gaborik.

      • Dave says:

        AA needs to get consistent PP time, and more than 10 mins a game.

        • jurgenno88 says:

          i was moaning last season about his drip-fed minutes but i’ll give Torts the benefit of the doubt because a) he clearly likes the kid and b) AA really came on towards the end of the year and played a nice 2 way game. I hope he’s around 16mins/game this coming season. If he gets that he can easily break 40 points.

          If AA gets 50+ points there’ll be alot of pressure on Dubinsky to match him with guys like Stepan in the wings.

          • Dave says:

            I agree. I was mostly saying that to say that Torts should be increasing it after his rookie season.

    • RangerSmurf says:

      Drury w/o PP time is a 30-35 point player. I agree that AA needs the time, but not at the expense of Dru.

      Prospal-AA-Gaborik-Drury-MDZ is perfectly acceptable.

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Drury seems to me to be the type of player that would retire if he saw his play degrade to a point that it would be detremental to the club. Right now you can tell that his contract price and performance over the past two years are bothering him.

    I would expect him to “naslund” his way out of Rangerland.

    • Gary says:

      Yea he is a class act and he would also prob. wave his NMC

    • Dave says:

      After this year, he has two years left, i don’t see him retiring though. By the time his contract is up, the kids will be ready, hopefully.

  5. jerry says:

    hes a third line center but the way torts changes the lines which makes me nuts by the way because he said he liked consistant lines when he got hired drury could be our first line left wing or our backup goaltender.

  6. Section 121 says:

    Drury should be second line on Christensen’s LW; I believe this is the position he played on Briere’s wing when he scored 37, no?
    Avery has clearly been mishandled by the coaching; he should be a third line agitator and energy guy who can score 10-15, maybe 20 in a good yr – put him on the 3rd line LW
    For all of Avery’s flashes of skill, he’s not a top 6, Also, take him off the meds and let him loose with less minutes; I think you’ll see the best results from him in that role
    Hey Torts, try this lineup for 25 games and see;
    Prospal, Dubi, Gabby
    Drury, Christensen, Cally
    Avery, AA, Prust
    Boogie, Boyle, Weise

    • Dave says:

      Drury was best face-off guy, you can’t put him on the wing.

      • Section 121 says:

        let him defensive zone draws; I think he’s too preoccupied with D in general. Tell him to focus on shooting and offensive. He’s too worried about single handedly taking care of all the D responsibilities and he’s been overcommiting. He needs to trust who he’s playing with.

  7. Section 121 says:

    Oh yeah, remember this is a development yr for the youth and all these kids turning pro from college and juniors should play at least a full yr AHL like Cally, Dubi, AA, etc
    Let’s be patient

    • jerry says:

      why does every body put boyle on the team i think wed be better with any body else for a fourth line center maybe werek boyle is a useless presence on the ice.

      • jerry says:

        and i agree about avery hes not a second liner. third line left wing agitator is perfect for him.just let him loose.

  8. jerry says:

    the lines i want to see and dave before you get crazy im just giving the rookies a shot and its my opinion on this so people dont blow a gasket lol.
    prospal savard gaborik
    mza dubi callahan
    avery aa prust
    boogy drury wiese
    i like this lineup and we get younger get our 1st line center.

    • Section 121 says:

      Prospal’s 35
      Savard’s 32
      Gabby’s 28

      Top line avg age 31.6 = not getting it done

      • jerry says:

        whats not getting it done 121 you added weise ,mza and if they let mcdonagh play defence thats at least 3 more younger guys to the young guys that are already there.you got christensen on second line center hes a third at best and boyle who is useless on the team and thats getting it done …ok.and also drury is not a second line left wing your mismatching worse than tortorella.

        • jerry says:

          and dubi …second line center at best i like him but hes not top line center material.

          • jerry says:

            heres one you can really rip me for.
            mza aa gabi
            gravchev stephan callahan
            avery dubi prust
            boogy drury wiese
            staal delzotto
            girardi mcdonagh
            eminger gilroy
            13,400,000 in cap space.
            whats the difference if we dont make the playoffs at least it would get the rookies experience and be at least entertaining watching the young guys.were not making the playoffs any way.and if we do how far are we really goin.other teams use the rookies why cant we.and look at the cap space.

    • Dave says:

      Why would I blow a gasket? If the price on Savard is right I’d like to see him as a Ranger.