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06-08-2011, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by alphaqup View Post
IMO, Drury should be bought out before Wolski. Wolski still provides offense, despite how streaky he may be. The fact that he's working on his skating indicates he has the desire to improve his play. Not like a Zherdev type who couldn't give a **** about getting better. These are the types of guys we want on the team.
I agree 100%. Drury is the only buyout that should take place during the June 15th-June 30th window. That should give you enough room to pursue Richards plus re-sign the RFAs.

If disaster strikes during the off-season (say Anisimov gets an offer sheet just above what we can afford to match under our budget), then you pay some team an asset to take Wolski. Or, if one of our RFAs somehow makes it to arbitration (ie: we can't work out Dubinsky/Callahan's deals prior to the arbitration hearing -- note: we'll be filing for arbitration to eliminate the possibility of offer sheets on those players), that opens up a second buyout period. If Dubinsky/Callahan force arbitration (unlikely) and our budget space isn't enough, we can then buyout Wolski.

Drury must go. No ifs, ands, or buts. Trade him if you have naked pictures of both him (to waive the NMC) and the other GM, but otherwise, buy him out. His Rangers tenure must end by June 30th for this team to move forward.

Wolski may end up going too, but Derek Boogaard's tragic death relieved just enough of our cap pressure during the summer that we don't need to buyout both to pursue our options.

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