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12-23-2007, 01:01 PM
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Chris Drury

Does anyone else think signing Drury was a mistake? Even when they just signed him and Gomez I knew Gomez would be much better and Drury is definitely not a 7+ mil/yr player. I think the Rangers bought into how clutch he is and how he is a "winner". This may be true of Drury, but the bottom line is he is just not very talented and is not a good skater. He is solid in front of the net and is great on the defensive side of the puck, as well as the penalty kill. But his skill set does not warrant the contract which he got. He is going to get paid more than true #1 centers like Spezza, Getzlaf, and Jokinen. I realize that these players were not signed to their contracts as UFA, but Drury does not come close to them as far as production or talent goes. I like Drury as an above average center, but he is just not worth what he got, and this will bite us in the future. Thoughts?

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12-23-2007, 01:05 PM
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I don't think there is one person on this board who thought Drury was a 7m player. That said, he is a talented player, so I don't agree with your assessment there. Drury himself is not happy with his performance...and I don't think we've seen anything close to his best play yet.

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I don't think the signing itself was a mistake, but the contract was. He is being overpaid, I think. But he is indeed a "winner" (whatever that truly means), and I think his presence will definitely be felt in the future.

However it's just not panning out right now for whatever reason. I think it amounts to a new enviornment where he's brought in as a leader, but the leadership roles on the team seem to be filled. I think Drury is best in an on and off the ice leadership roles, and he strives from that. With Jagr, Straka, and Shanny having been on the team previous to him, I'm sure he's finding trouble stepping in, and therefore perhaps not fitting in which is why he's struggling on the ice.

With all that said, he has a lengthy contract and I think if we don't see him starting to come out of this funk come playoff time, he will most definitely rise out of it at the beginning of next year. He seems like an intelligent guy, and I think his struggle lies all in his mind right now. We all saw what he could do last year in our series against the Sabres, and I'm not just talking about that 7.7 seconds left goal. Personally I think he'll snap out of it, it'll just amount to the right linemates, and perhaps a change in our playstyle as a team, which I feel is coming in the near future if we don't start winning games.

Yes, he is being overpaid, but sometimes thats just what you have to do as a GM to get players who you think will have the impact on a team that you want.

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I dont know how but the guy has scored 30 goals in more then one season, so there must be a side of this guy we have yet seen. I think he plays his best hockey with speedier players around him, like afinogenov/vanek and briere etc. So to me, Drury alongside Gomez would work pretty well.

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^agreed. I think that eventually Drury and Gomez will be linemates....probably next season, and they'll look really nice together. Drury doesn't really create his own offense....Gomez, Drury and a guy like Raffi Torres would be a very effective line.

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Hell yeah I think it was a mistake. They could have signed someone for $2 mil to do what Drury is doing now. At least he'll have plenty of time in NY to try and turn it around...

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12-23-2007, 01:25 PM
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think about it this way, hockey is the only sport that isnt get the big bucks.
now that they are starting too, u expect so much out of those players.
they are playing for nyc...... look how much players getting playing for nyc teams in other sports.

drury in my book is worth every penny.

drury, gomez , avery, henrik are who the rangers are going to be built around in the future..

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7millions is wayyy too much for a player ala Drury.

Maybe... 5.5millions would make sense.. But.. He was on the UFa market. So... Sather had to bid him(Pretty sure Dean Lombardi was offering him the same or more than the Rangers were offering to Chris,.)


The Rags were in need of two centers, now they've got them. Except,they're not playing up to their talent(Gomez is playing good.. But , like the whole Ranger team, he should play better,) Drury isn't playing up to his talent neither to his contract.

The best thing to do is.. Wait.

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I wanna see what everyone says about Drury when the year start winding down.

Yes, he was expensive, but thats the market. Drury has had a BAD year and he still is on pace for around 60-70 points. This guy is a winner, he'll turn it around, you can bet on that.

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I wanna see what everyone says about Drury when the year start winding down.

Yes, he was expensive, but thats the market. Drury has had a BAD year and he still is on pace for around 60-70 points. This guy is a winner, he'll turn it around, you can bet on that.
You could say that about Gomez. He was expensive but we need him and that's what the market was. I don't think we really need Drury.

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I think Drury will shine in the playoffs.

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12-23-2007, 03:16 PM
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Does anyone else think signing Drury was a mistake? Even when they just signed him and Gomez I knew Gomez would be much better and Drury is definitely not a 7+ mil/yr player. I think the Rangers bought into how clutch he is and how he is a "winner". This may be true of Drury, but the bottom line is he is just not very talented and is not a good skater. He is solid in front of the net and is great on the defensive side of the puck, as well as the penalty kill. But his skill set does not warrant the contract which he got. He is going to get paid more than true #1 centers like Spezza, Getzlaf, and Jokinen. I realize that these players were not signed to their contracts as UFA, but Drury does not come close to them as far as production or talent goes. I like Drury as an above average center, but he is just not worth what he got, and this will bite us in the future. Thoughts?
Yea, sure you did.

I'm not even talking about production. We've got this year and 4 more of Drury, and 6 more of Gomez. Way too early to start saying it was a mistake.

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12-23-2007, 03:21 PM
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signing NO

contract REMAINS TO BE SEEN


Chris Drury will, or won't, earn his $$$ in the playoffs.

As long as he gets those BIG goals in the playoffs thats really all that matters

Not to say he can **** the bed for 82 games, but he'll be proven a good or bad signing by what happens in the playoffs

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I think Drury will shine in the playoffs.
What makes you so sure were even getting that far?

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What makes you so sure were even getting that far?
You don't think we'll make it even once during the next 5 years?

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if they dont make the playoffs, Chris Drury is the least of their problems

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I don't know why Drury is on the third line most of the year. He did well with Dawes and Prucha until Dawes got sent down and Callahan replaced him. I like to see him with Avery and Shanahan. Maybe let Avery play center.

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if the hockey season ended in March, there is no way that Drury would have gotten even close to $7 million

that being said, he's been very bad so far

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You don't think we'll make it even once during the next 5 years?
Haha. Five years out of the playoffs? Unthinkable.

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Drury is on pace for 57 points this season. Thats right around his career numbers. The guy has never scored 70 points in a season in the NHL and just throwing $7 million a season at him isn't going to change that. That being said, the guy has gotten a lot of huge goals in the playoffs with the Avs and the Sabres, and the reasoning for bringing him to the Rangers was to get a gritty playoff performer. You can't judge Drury's contract based on 35 games in the regular season. If he scored 35 points this year and has a miserable playoff I can understand you guys getting on him. Until then, I think you have t wait and see before passing judgment.

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Drury is a talented player but more like a 4-5M guy. His stats were inflated by that great Buffalo team last year.

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Does anyone else think signing Drury was a mistake? Even when they just signed him and Gomez I knew Gomez would be much better and Drury is definitely not a 7+ mil/yr player. I think the Rangers bought into how clutch he is and how he is a "winner". This may be true of Drury, but the bottom line is he is just not very talented and is not a good skater. He is solid in front of the net and is great on the defensive side of the puck, as well as the penalty kill. But his skill set does not warrant the contract which he got. He is going to get paid more than true #1 centers like Spezza, Getzlaf, and Jokinen. I realize that these players were not signed to their contracts as UFA, but Drury does not come close to them as far as production or talent goes. I like Drury as an above average center, but he is just not worth what he got, and this will bite us in the future. Thoughts?
If he plays like this during the post-all-star to playoffs period, I'd have to agree but if you look at his numbers, he's on pace for around his usually production. Renney just needs to use him up front more on the PP where he was quite successful in Buffalo. But we're talking about the guy who wouldn't use Matt Cullen on the points here.

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Drury is on pace for 57 points this season. Thats right around his career numbers. The guy has never scored 70 points in a season in the NHL and just throwing $7 million a season at him isn't going to change that. That being said, the guy has gotten a lot of huge goals in the playoffs with the Avs and the Sabres, and the reasoning for bringing him to the Rangers was to get a gritty playoff performer. You can't judge Drury's contract based on 35 games in the regular season. If he scored 35 points this year and has a miserable playoff I can understand you guys getting on him. Until then, I think you have t wait and see before passing judgment.
Sounds like an unbiased opinion to me. From a Devil-headed level fan no less.

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12-23-2007, 03:58 PM
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Yea, sure you did.

I'm not even talking about production. We've got this year and 4 more of Drury, and 6 more of Gomez. Way too early to start saying it was a mistake.
Yeah I did because Gomez is much more talented and a much better offensive player than Drury. Gomez can make the players around him better, while Drury is reliant on his linemates. Gomez played on the Devils and still put up almost a point per game over his last 3 seasons with the Devils. Drury, on the other hand, played on a stacked Buffalo team last year and in the last 3 seasons with Buffalo was averaging about 0.80 points/game (compared to Gomez's 0.92 on an extremely defensive minded team).

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Yeah I did because Gomez is much more talented and a much better offensive player than Drury. Gomez can make the players around him better, while Drury is reliant on his linemates. Gomez played on the Devils and still put up almost a point per game over his last 3 seasons with the Devils. Drury, on the other hand, played on a stacked Buffalo team last year and in the last 3 seasons with Buffalo was averaging about 0.80 points/game (compared to Gomez's 0.92 on an extremely defensive minded team).
Sure it's alot of money but we shouldn't measure all success in points scored per game

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