Updated-Drury won't retire. Will soak the Rangers for buyout $
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05-01-2011, 06:34 AM
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There's a rumor that has made the rounds that the Rangers would somehow stash Chris Drury and his $7.05-million cap hit in the minors next year. Not going to happen.
"That's an unfounded rumor," Drury's agent Mark Witkin told ESPN.com Saturday.
The fact is, they can't. He's got a no-movement clause. You can't do a thing to a player with a no-movement clause.
So, Drury holds all the cards. He did come back from a serious knee injury this year and that's something he's going to look at this summer, how he feels physically. But I don't sense he's going to do the Rangers any favors and retire. He's either on the team next year or the Rangers bite the bullet and buy him out. A buyout would count $3.7 million against the Rangers' cap next season and $1.6 million in 2012-13.
The Rangers, of course, are expected to be heavy bidders on UFA Brad Richards come July 1. In the meantime, they also have two key RFAs: Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.
Who made up that rumor?
So Drury is going to soak the Rangers for the buyout money and if he can't play because of his knee,then he can't play. He will pocket the $3,333,333. Integrity. Character. Jay Pandolfo(another BU guy)pulled the same stunt on the Devils.
Sather could find a deal for Drury. Rangers trade Drury for another headache such as Mike Commodore. The acquiring team buys Drury out and the Rangers keep Commodore's 2 years at $6.85M in remaining salary. Drury becomes a free agent on July 1. Drury is a cheaper and shorter buyout than Commodore for Columbus which placed Commodore TWICED on re-entry waivers in 10-11. Columbus has indicated they will buyout Commodore if they can't find a taker for him. Drury's buyout is $3,333,333 and two years of cap hits. Commdore's buyout is $4.5M and four years of cap hits.
Does it really matter if the Rangers or Columbus buyout Drury?
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