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Drury Will Probably Play Friday; Christensen Hurt

Chris Drury, who has missed the entire preseason and the first two games of the regular season with a broken pinky, will likely make his return on Friday when the Rangers have their home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His return comes just in time, as it looks like Erik Christensen will be missing time due to a lower body (hamstring or groin) injury sustained in yesterday’s 6-4 loss to the Islanders. Christensen was limited to 32 seconds in the third period due to the injury. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined, but there is a chance Christensen will miss significant time.

If Christensen (cap hit – $800,000) is placed in injured reserve, the Rangers would not need to make any roster moves to accommodate the return of Drury to the lineup. If the injury is less serious, and IR time is not required, then one of Todd White (cap hit – $2.375 million) or Tim Kennedy (cap hit – $550,000) will need to be assigned to Hartford. Both have cleared waivers, and will need to be assigned within the next eight games (the rule is 10 games or 30 days, whichever comes first) before needing to clear waivers again. It’s going to be a tough decision for the Rangers to make, as keeping each one around has its pluses and minuses. It still is not known how the line combos will be affected once Drury returns. Considering the top line of Christensen centering Alex Frolov and Marian Gaborik has produced one of the Rangers ten goals, change might be good for the top line. More news will come, but for now, expect Drury to play and Christensen to sit on Friday night.

27 Responses to “Drury Will Probably Play Friday; Christensen Hurt”

  1. RangerSmurf says:

    I don’t quite understand the logic of carrying Todd White’s cap hit thus far. Is there really a situation where we’re putting him in the lineup?

    Expect Stepan on line 1, Drury centering Avery-Fedotenko, and Dubi’s line staying put.

    • Dave says:

      He will provide some offense, more than Kennedy anyway. They will keep him around until at least Friday. If both Drury and EC can’t go, it will probably be White inserted on the top line.

      Personally, I prefer leaving Stepan on the third line, moving Dubi up to the top line, and sliding Drury into Dubi’s spot with AA and Cally. It won’t happen though.

      • jerry says:

        im real crushed that christensen cant play,how are we gonna replace our top notch center?were done now the seasons over.

        • Dave says:

          < ./sarcasm>

          • jerry says:

            cmon we are both big christensen fans.lol.

            • Dave says:

              He would be fine in a third line role. I just don’t want him on the top line.

              • jerry says:

                i agree. i just cant understand the love for this guy on the first line.

              • Jordan says:

                What are you talking about? You’ve repeatedly said he sucks. You’re okay with players you deem to suck as 3rd line material on your favorite team?

              • jerry says:

                jordan, really let it go already.my point is if they are gonna keep him hes only worth third or fourth line minutes.i would much rather him be off this team but its not my choice. you act like hes the second coming of messier.and if you want to get into facts about what kind of ranger fan i am just ask dave if i know my shit about this team.what are you a three year fan.you would probably bail on this team if you went through the years i did watching them lose.

              • jerry says:

                if i were the gm hed be a stick boy.

              • Jordan says:

                HAHAHAHA.

                Please do me a favor a cite where I act like Christensen is the second coming of Messier? Cite where my arguments about why Christensen is has value on this team comes even close to saying he’s an integral part of the success of the team. Please. You won’t find it.

                Furthermore, I never questioned what type of a Rangers fan you are. I don’t care how old you are, how many years you’ve been a fan, etc. I only care that you base your arguments with supporting facts, details, etc.

              • jerry says:

                i givin you plenty of facts and if you watched some games you would actually see how he dissapears.im done arguing with you because you dont want to debate you want to argue.you win christensen will lead us to the cup.

      • RangerSmurf says:

        I wouldn’t break up the Dubi-AA-Cally line, simply because it’s been flat out dominant so far. Best Corsi on the team by a mile, despite the worst zone starts. It’s two games, but they’ve been beasts.

        If it weren’t for that, I’d say swap Frolov and Dubinsky. Dubi can beat 1sts, I’m still not sure Frolov can. Too early to get crazy about anything, though I do expect 123 goals from Dubinsky.

  2. chuck says:

    I would just put Drury as the 1st line center and see what happens. Why mess with the other lines? I would take Drury off the PK and tell him to just play. The biggest problem with Drury is his loss of offensive confidence.

    • Dave says:

      I wouldn’t be shocked to see that happen. I would welcome it too, just to see how it works.