Drury to be Bought Out

June 9, 2011, by

According to reports coming from Jesse Spector at the Daily News, the Rangers are truly intending to buy out the final year of Chris Drury’s contract and end his disappointing and expensive stay on Broadway. Thanks to the NHL contract buy out window of June 15-30, the move, if it does indeed happen, is expected to happen soon and will mean the Rangers have even more ‘playing room’ when the club gets to July 1st.

Drury has been a massive disappointment on the ice as a Ranger. While it wasn’t his fault for taking the ridiculous contract offered to him a few summers ago (every Ranger fan, capable player or not would have taken it) he simply couldn’t live up to his contract or even his former glories at Colorado and Buffalo. Rangers’ fans never saw much of ‘Captain Clutch’ at any stage of his Rangers tenure.

As with any move that the Rangers make prior to July, how does this affect the Brad Richards scenario? Well simply put, the Rangers have more margin for error when it comes to a contract offer. That one fact may make many Rangers fans nervous if Glen Sather decides to get Richards at all costs. As discussed here countless times, Richards is absolutely what the Rangers need, but whether he should come at any cost is highly debatable.

Back to Drury. The current  Rangers captain had an awful season last year as he only managed a single goal and four assists in his injury shortened campaign, which offered no hope at any stage that he could get back to his old level. Not everything Drury has done in NY has been bad though. He may be a bland interview, but he was respected throughout the dressing room, he had a great relationship with the coaching staff, and he seemed to be a great connect between the players and staff. A great defensive player who gave up his body to stop a shot, Drury was a rare Ranger that was efficient in the faceoff circle. Will it be Richards that replaces Drury’s veteran presence and face off skills? Only time will tell. Assuming the reports of Drury’s buyout are true of course.


  1. Matt J says:

    I like waking up to news like this.

  2. Matt :: Sec110 says:

    Ryan Callahan for Captain!

  3. Zen says:

    This was just inevitable. You can’t have your captain making $7M+ and basically playing a 4th line role (at best) on your team. The buyout cap hits stink, but they save money this year and will be manageable next year with the cap expected to rise.

    I can’t wait until opening night when they call out Ryan Callahan last, being the new captain. I will be so happy for him. There are fewer things more deserved than him being captain of this team.

  4. The Suit says:

    Damn shame. I never thought he’d live up to his contract, but I didn’t expect him to go out like this. It’s too bad. Oh well, onto the next…

    • Dave says:

      He did what he was expected to do (rational expectations) in the first two years. He just fell off a cliff the last two years.

  5. Mikeyyyy says:

    Are you allowed to buy out a contract then sign that player?

    Dru for 1 – 2 million on the 3rd or 4th line is worth it in my opinion.

  6. ranger17 says:

    Can’t we find a team to take Dru if we throw in a prospect or draft pick . A team that needs to get to the cap low floor . Phoenix , might be a good place to start Dru and Grachev, for a 2ed pick might get it done

    • Dave says:

      Not with his NMC, and I doubt he would be willing to waive it.

      • Mikeyyyy says:

        Yeah waive it to play in the desert. Or get paid for not having to play.

        Who wouldn’t take the free money?

        • Dave says:

          Well, I’m guessing someone would sign him as a character guy on a young team. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Islanders attempt to sign him.

  7. Dave says:

    Anyone think Wolski is next? I think so, but it hasn’t been confirmed like this has.

  8. Matt J says:

    I can’t imagine drury retiring. All the reasons are there for him to but he isn’t gonna walk away from millions that could be made without lifting a finger.

  9. Brian SCS says:

    Of all the free agent mishaps I think Drury is by far the most disappointing. I was hoping he would just retire – the buyout is terrible but necessary I guess.

    • The Suit says:

      For me, the biggest disappointment was Fleury, all the talent in the world, but his off-ice issues destroyed him. Once he unraveled that team tanked so fast.

      Redden prob was the worst signing since he had regressed before we gave him a contract.

      At least Drury and Gomez had two seasons that were on par with their career average.

      Rozi, Kasper, Holik were all bad, but my expectations weren’t high from the outset.

      Honorable mention to Kovalev part 2 and Nedved. Two of the most frustrating players to don Rangers sweaters.

      • Brian SCS says:

        Man, Fleury was fun to watch though, I never had a problem with him or Lindros as Rangers.

        I thought Holik was worse than Redden but understand why people may feel the other way around with cap considerations included. I mean Redden was at least a No1 D-man at one point. Holik was a checking center.

        I thought Kovalev was more frustrating than Nedved, Petr just wasn’t strong enough to handle bigger players, Kovalev remains one of the best skaters i have ever seen, just didn’t translate that onto the stat sheet until he got to Pittsburgh of course. Nedved makes me think of Zubov, and now I want to cry in my beer.

        • The Suit says:

          Fleury was fun to watch indeed, but as Sonny once said, the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

          • James says:

            I agree on one hand but not sure that I can call Fleury wasted talent NHL Career wise.

            1084GP 455G 633A 1088PTS isn’t exactly a wasted career.

            I was most upset when he was leading the league in goals in 00-01 and had to miss the remainder of the year with alcohol and drug problems.

            • The Suit says:

              Careerwise no, the stats don’t lie. But his time in NY disappointed me (this isn’t a fact, just a feeling), just because I saw the potential that team had when they were rolling and it all went to shit rather quickly.