Updated-Drury won't retire. Will soak the Rangers for buyout $
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05-01-2011, 06:42 PM
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You know this isn't completely true as we have a bunch of free agents and RFA's that only need to be tendered if we wish to retain their rights (Boyle, Anisimov, Callahan, Dubinsky, and Sauer). If you include Drury and Redden our current cap is at 49,112,500 to start on July 1st and the rumor is that the cap will go up at at least 62.2 million, so we have plenty of room to sign Richards on July 1st regardless of whether or not Sather has figured out the Drury mess.
The only way Drury gets bought out is by June 30th--it's expensive enough at 2/3 the remander of his contract, I'm sure Sather doesn't want to have to go to his boss and say, oops, I have Richards waiting to sign with us, but didn't think it was necessary to buy out Drury last week...however after crunching the numbers we now realize it's necessary to do it (at a higher price).
And it's not just Richards that needs to be signed in order to get significantly better. This team needs more consistant secondary scoring and one, if not two, puck moving defensemen (with at least one of them able to run the powerplay). Plus, it needs to re-sign a significant number of it's young core. I'm not a numbers cruncher here, but everything I've seen suggests that money will be very tight over the summer.
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