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01-28-2011, 09:51 AM
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What if we traded a something of minimal value to NYR in the offseason for Drury and their 1st? Drury only has one season left at $5M actual salary. He has a NMC but he would probably waive it to go back to Buffalo (I think).
I think it's worth considering if we miss out on Ehrhoff and Pitkanen. Other than Richards and Laich, there aren't really any great UFA centers.
Maybe Drury just needs a change of scenery?
I've said it before, but I think a Hecht-for-Drury+ swap makes some sense. We're not near the cap ceiling, and likely won't be next year, so Drury's $7.05 cap hit isn't nearly as damaging, and he only makes $5 mil next season, the last season of his contract. Drury has only 4 pts in 21 games, but he's been injured and he's receiving under 10 mins/game in ESTOI, and he gets minimal PP time (0:48/game). Drury would see more ice time in Buffalo, including time on the 2nd PP unit. Buffalo has the depth on the LW to withstand Hecht's loss; Vanek, Ennis, Gerbe, McCormick, and Adam can play there. Buffalo could also get a head start on re-signing Drury at a more palatable next contract, likely something in the $2-$2.5 mil range.
NYR does it because of the almost $3.5 mil in cap relief they get in this deal. The Rangers, who tend to spend close to the cap, could use that extra space, especially with the amount of prime RFA's they need to get re-signed--Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Boyle, Sauer, and Gilroy--in conjunction with their likely pursuit of Richards, if he's available. Hecht's PK skills are at least on par with Drury's, so they don't really lose much of anything that Drury excels at.
The operative question is what else would the Rangers be willing to give up in that deal, because Buffalo would not and should not do that deal straight up. Hecht is cheaper, provides significant cap relief, and, at least right now, is the better player. Would they give up a 3rd in 2011? A 2nd in 2012?
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