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04-24-2011, 07:00 AM
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Updated-Drury won't retire. Will soak the Rangers for buyout $

Chris Drury played 6 games after returning from knee surgery. He looked terrible with each game. After the adrenaline rush against the Devils,Drury looked slow and old. Joe Micheletti said during one of the Rangers playoff broadcasts that Drury was having trouble trying to find the right fit on his knee. He was alternating between wearing a brace and having the knee heavily wrapped.

Zipay had a blurb on his blog yesterday

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Rangers 1-for-18 on the PP, and when I asked Torts yesterday about using Chris Drury, the best faceoff guy on the team and with a history of clutch play when things are on the line, he seemed to indicate that was not an option. Then again, why tip his hand? IMO, mistake if he doesn't try it.
http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey...7?showAll=true

Why wasn't it an option? Torts likes to say if the player is healthy enough to play,then he should play with no limitations.

Coming back and playing in the playoffs hopefully opened up Drury's eyes. He is a competitor and still wants to play but his body is broken. 35 year old player with a bad knee. Mark Messier at 50 would still be playing if his body allowed it. Not really sure how the summer will heal Drury's knee.

Don't soak the Rangers for the buyout money. They have paid him $30.25M over the last 4 years. Does he want to be known as a player who stuck around for the money when your career was already over?

Just retire. Please. You'll get prime seats in the new Garden.


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04-24-2011, 07:21 AM
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And forfeit 5M. No way.

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Frankly, the fact that Torts was playing guys like Christensen and Wolski over playoff performer-veteran-clutch player Chris Drury speaks volumes of what Torts thinks of Drury. In our most dire times, Torts elected to go with 2 of our most inconsistent players over one that's been in high pressure situations many times in his career and shown that he's able to handle the pressure. Either that or Torts is just an idiot.

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04-24-2011, 07:43 AM
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Yesterday it seemed like Drury got all his ice time in periods 1 and 2 and he was even throwing his body around. I don't remember him in the third and that keeps with the basic idea of where this thread is going that with the team down two goals Torts had lost faith in him to produce offense.

The Rangers can seriously try to upgrade their team this summer if Drury retires--if he won't retire they can still buy him out and create some cap room though not as much--and it may lead to them buying out other players like Avery or Wolski--though that might be in their plans anyway.

Drury has not been able to bring anything approximating fair value to his $7 + mil contract for the last two seasons. His play has given us no reason to believe that next season will be any different.

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This team isn't going to be able to move foward till Drury's cap hit is off the books. I don't care how it's done just get it done.

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I've always been a Drury fan, but its over for him.

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Please retire Chris. You made 30 million dollars in this contract. Your done. Do the right thing like Marcus Naslund.

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Offer him a job in the organization, maybe that makes it easier for him to hang 'em up

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funny. many here told us to judge him not by how much hes paid but by what he does on and off the ice. intangibles, pk and faceoffs we were told is enough if you just look at him as a 7 mil 4th liner.

truth is, hes been our worst roster player for nearly 2 years.

on the ice he does nothing. off the ice he makes pizza

the guy has been done for 2 years. enough. either he does a naslund or he stays one more painful year taking up a roster spot.

make him a special assistant to slats for the same amount of money but whatever we do, give his spot to someone who has the ability to help us.

when you pay the most money to your worst player, you dont win. period.

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The disparity between his contributions on the ice and his salary is beyond any reasonable justification. It's time for him to move on so that the team can go forward and spend that cap room in a more effective way.

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funny. many here told us to judge him not by how much hes paid but by what he does on and off the ice. intangibles, pk and faceoffs we were told is enough if you just look at him as a 7 mil 4th liner.

truth is, hes been our worst roster player for nearly 2 years.

on the ice he does nothing. off the ice he makes pizza

the guy has been done for 2 years. enough. either he does a naslund or he stays one more painful year taking up a roster spot.

make him a special assistant to slats for the same amount of money but whatever we do, give his spot to someone who has the ability to help us.

when you pay the most money to your worst player, you dont win. period.
He wont retire...people want to protray him as this great leader...he only cares about the money...he will play again next year and take a spot that doesn't belong to him. Unless Sather buries him or buys him out...he wont walk away!

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funny. many here told us to judge him not by how much hes paid but by what he does on and off the ice. intangibles, pk and faceoffs we were told is enough if you just look at him as a 7 mil 4th liner.

truth is, hes been our worst roster player for nearly 2 years.

on the ice he does nothing. off the ice he makes pizza

the guy has been done for 2 years. enough. either he does a naslund or he stays one more painful year taking up a roster spot.

make him a special assistant to slats for the same amount of money but whatever we do, give his spot to someone who has the ability to help us.

when you pay the most money to your worst player, you dont win. period.
On the subject of intangibles arguably he was still a leader of the team (albeit a non-playoff team) last year. This year he was supplanted by the emergence of the younger guys particularly Callahan (though Drury's more fanatical supporters as an argument for keeping him will argue [and as if that was a rational argument] that Callahan learned all those leadership qualities at his knee), the pk did just about as well without him this year as it did last year with him--so even the intangibles aren't what they seem. His performance on the ice coupled with his cap hit is killing the Rangers abilitiy to improve. He's got to go. Plain and simple.

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And forfeit 5M. No way.
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He wont retire...people want to protray him as this great leader...he only cares about the money...he will play again next year and take a spot that doesn't belong to him. Unless Sather buries him or buys him out...he wont walk away!
Yeah, God forbid should a guy even consider being a provider for his family. How selfish of him.

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lol...

"Hey Chris, please retire and we'll pay you 5 million to be a 'scout'. So let us know if any good players come into your pizza place.
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Glen"

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Yeah, God forbid should a guy even consider being a provider for his family. How selfish of him.
He can't already provide for his family with the 40-50 million dollars he's made in his career?

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Yeah, God forbid should a guy even consider being a provider for his family. How selfish of him.
when you have been paid 30 + million dollars from the Rangers alone i think we are well past providing for your family territory.

I get the sentiment but this isn't some guy working in your office, he is a multi-millionaire.

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funny. many here told us to judge him not by how much hes paid but by what he does on and off the ice. intangibles, pk and faceoffs we were told is enough if you just look at him as a 7 mil 4th liner.
That's because this is an off-season conversation instead of an in-season one. Nothing is going to happen during the year for this type of thing, so his salary doesn't really matter, strictly from a roster point-of-view.

I hope he does retire. It would fit what we know about his personality. That being said, I wouldn't blame him if he doesn't.

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It is over for him. Whether he is brought out or retires is a matter of choice. He is too slow and he has lost his scoring touch. He is injury prone. What else is there left? Lost his hands, lost his speed, brittle. Sad when players don't recognize that it is time to get on with the rest of their life. I would do a deal with him where he retires, the contract comes off the books and we sign him to a 3 year scouting contract at $1.3M per. He helps the team out, they help him out. He goes out with class.

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Ridiculous asking him to waive a guaranteed $5M. But you can ask him to waive his NMC so he can be traded (though rangers need to incentivize another team).

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Yeah, God forbid should a guy even consider being a provider for his family. How selfish of him.
Right, cause the chump change he's made in the last 13+ years of his playing career just barely was enough to feed his dog.

Spare me the bleeding heart BS.

He's got more money than he will ever need.

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he needs to go, but he has too much pride to leave. Everyone saying he is done and playing for the money gives him fuel to come back and "prove us wrong" next season. Unfortunately, he is just not good anymore, and he should retire and make more pizza

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I think it's going to depend on his injuries. If he thinks his injury troubles this season have been the result of freak things, then I think he'll probably come back, but if he really does feel that it's signs that his body is incapable of bringing it on a nightly basis anymore, then he'll split.

Regardless of his opinions, the Rangers opinion should be clear. One way or another, he's not allowed back as a player next year.

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The Rangers will have their break up day tomorrow. Sather and Torts will meet with each player and they'll review their performance this season. Last April,they told Redden about the AHL being his destination in 10-11 if he didn't play better.

If Sather informs Drury about a possible buyout,what will Drury say?Does he want to start from scratch with another team?Move his family?Go live and play in another city while his family and business interests are entrenched in CT.

The NMC does prevent a buyout. He can't invoke his NMC to prevent a buyout.

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damn you guys are tough. i think with a healthy off-season drury could be a solid piece for a team thats likely to get even younger next year

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