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06-09-2011, 09:26 AM
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NYRangers16
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
Nah, that's BS. It wasn't the pressure of NYC. He had an average Drury seasons his first two years here (first tied for the team lead in goals with Jagr) You act as if Drury chose to play poorly. The fault lies with Sather. Paying someone elite offensive player money won't make that player one.
Exactly, his first 2 years were normal Drury years, then come injuries, lack of ice time, and unskilled linemates.

The expectations were just unfair. In Col and Buf he was playing on the top line...with guys like Hedjuk, Briere, Vanek, etc Hell wasn't he on the LW with Sakic for a few years? In those circumstances, playing top line minutes, and on the powerplay, his career stats averaged about 25+ goals and 30 assists with obviously a few years that were above that.

Ok, now compare to NY first 2 years...playing 1st line minutes, playing with Jagr, playing on the powerplay...same numbers as before. Was the same player, doing the same thing.

Now take the last few years...playing with checking line guys, playing 3rd line ice time, no powerplay time, and now his production drops. Go figure.

So what changed between this point and the whole rest of his career? Ice tine, linemates, and powerplay time(and unfortunate injuries)

Seriously folks, you blame him? What you want him to jump on the ice with the first line on his own? Maybe we should be blaming the coach the last few years who wasnt here when he signed, and never gave him a chance?

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