Brooks points out the Rangers inability to consistently win face-offs and Drury won 56% of his face-offs in the last 14 games before he went down with his 3rd major injury of this season. The Rangers are 28th overall in face-off %.
No mention in the story when or if Drury will return this season. He wants to return but what is his body telling him.
Sather said on the trade deadline day that Drury was going to miss the rest of this season.
You know you're at the end of the line when you earn $7 mil and the only nice thing people can say about your game is: "you're pretty good at faceoffs." I can't wait until Drury's bloody awful contract is gone.
I honestly can't see who would sit in favour of Dreary. Avery has been better than him and he's not playing. Give Dreary the Caps Nylander treatment when he comes back.
Who on Earth would they sit for him? The fact that he thinks he can still play is distressing indeed.
Yea, but did any of you actually expect him to say, "Yeah, I'm still hurt, but I pretty much blow anyway so it's not that big of a deal?"
Even if he's already considered retirement and is leaning towards it, he'd still say what he said ( IN TEXT MESSAGES, especially, where tone and attitude cannot be recognized ) for now, and then in the offseason, he'd explain that because of the injuries and his body breaking down over the last couple seasons, he's decided it's time to step away from the game and spend more time with his family, etc. I'm still hoping that this is the resolution. If he hasn't already, I think Sather will talk to Chris face to face and explain that the team has moved on in a new direction, with new leadership and an identity (that Chris was never able to instill as captain) that frankly has no room for an aging vet to get by on his past reputation alone. He's not the hockey player he used to be. He's far from a playoff warrior. Faceoffs? We talkin' bout faceoffs? A 7 million dollar Mike Zigmomanis ? (Note: Zigomanis is a pure faceoff specialist and still 30 teams passed on him at a minimum-ish salary and he's playing in the AHL right now because he doesn't do anything else). There's no room for Chris Drury on this team anymore. Either he retires or he gets bought out. Thanks for your service, Chris. We appreciate your effort, but it's time to move on. That's the reality. And I'm hoping Chris has so much pride that he has already seen the writing on the wall and has already decided that he's going to hang them up. Although, I'm quite sure there would still be a few teams who would sign him for 1-2 years and sub-1-million to be their 4th line center, and they'd be hoping he reclaims his productivity in ANY facet of the game, because if they had watched his Rangers tenure closely, they wouldn't go anywhere near him and would easily give the 4th line C spot to a younger, better player.
Correction. I jipped(cheated) Drury out of 10 % points. He won 65.9% of his face-offs in the 14 games before he had knee surgery. Not sure how many he won in the other 9 games. Must not have been very good.
On the older end of the spectrum, 34-year-old Rangers captain Chris Drury was initially expected to miss six weeks when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Feb. 11, six weeks from which would be next Friday. But at this point, Drury has not begun skating, the Rangers have no update on his condition, and there is no timetable for his return.
Drury went without a goal in 23 games this season, and the Rangers have not been a significantly different team with or without him, down to their results. When Drury has played, the Rangers have gone 11-9-4, and they are 26-21-0 in games he has missed.
Like it or not Brooks is correct and on point regarding the Ranger's abyssmal ability to win draws.
I was just talking about this last night with Mouth and Jim on the BlueShirt Banter Radio show. Florida kept icing the puck because they know the Rangers face off stats suck. They were 39% on Tuesday night.
Deploying a good faceoff man works well when you have home ice advantage to get the last change. Drury won't be ready before the playoffs. I don't see the Rangers getting home ice advantage during any round of the playoffs.
I've said this before: if you think Drury is just going to quit without trying his hardest to rehab then you are flat-out mistaken.
Imagine if you were Drury. You are the captain of your childhood favorite team, the last couple of seasons have been awful, and everyone from the fans to the front office is down on you. Wouldn't you try your absolute hardest to come back strong and try to contribute for next season?
i hope he comes back ... just in case someone gets hurt. i would rather have a guy like him step in during the playoffs then have to call someone up from the whale.
I think this puts me squarely in the minority, but I hope he comes back too - his salary is what it is at this point and doesnt have a major effect on the team's plans until the offseason. Even if its just in a 4th line/faceoff/PK guy role, his experience wouldnt hurt the team come playoff time.
One thing regarding the stated stats on the Teams record with/without Drury playing
We are (supposedly) 40 - 30 - 4 now. And according to Mr Brooks article we are 11 - 9 - 4 With Drury and 26 - 21 - 0 Without Drury playing.
Adding things up - Would that not instead make us 37 - 30 - 4 today? With 78 points - not 84? And 11 games left?
Hey Larry - you just robbed us of 6 points and put us out of PO position. What universe are you in?
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Honestly? Zuccarello, Christensen or Wolski. Three guys who are inconsistent and with no shootout in the playoffs are a bit redundant.
I can sort of see subbing him in for Christensen if he'd been healthy and putting Stepan in Christensen's spot, but you can't just throw Drury into the middle of the playoffs. You can't give him the margin of error to reach game condition in the middle of the postseason. The potential gains are so minimal to begin with that it'd just be nuts.