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06-09-2011, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
Drury has not been a top-6 forward for years now, in fact he's been pretty terrible for them even when healthy. They can save 2/3rd of his cap hit, replace him with a bottom-6 grinder with no loss of effectiveness, and still have money leftover. This doesn't need to be related to Richards.
Well, they don't really save 2/3 of his cap hit, they save 1/3 and the rest is spread over 2 years. Buyouts have always struck me as a bad move if the player can still perform well in a role, unless there's another move in the works for which the team needs cap space right away. Looks like Tortorella at least trusts Drury as a defensive specialist - see his ozone% of 38.7 in 09-10, and 34.8 in 10-11. Adding Richards is the only motivation I can see for this move. Who else on the UFA market will demand that kind of cap space?

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