I'm a huge fan of Drury, he's been one of my favorite players since I started watching hockey. But even I agree it's time for him to go. It's starting to look like this team could become something and that $$ could be better spent elsewhere.
Honestly, I've always liked Drury as well, since his calder season in Colorado and I've stood up for him on this team, not at his price, but just to say that he does provide... something. However, at this point the MOST he could POSSIBLY help this team is to retire. I would take him back on a 2M contract if he were a UFA at years end, and let him play 3rd/4th line minutes and PK, but given the remaining year on his contract, the RFAs we rant to re-sign and how much signing someone like Richards would impact this roster, the best thing he could possibly do for the NYR is hang 'em up. Sad but true.
I think another thing that has to be stressed is how amazing Hank has looked for the last few weeks. After many were getting on him for not playing up to his level, me included at some points, I think all his stats together right now make him top 4, with Pavelec and Thomas at the top.
But he's definitely showing why he's the King of New York.
I think the division winner should automatically go into the Playoffs, but come the end of the season they are ranked 1-8 on points. So if the 1st place team in the Atlantic only has the 7th most points in the East, that's their playoff seed.
They should do what the NBA does. The top four seeds should be the three division winners and the top second place team arranged by record. The rest of the seeds should just go by record. Division winners get a bonus, but not a ridiculous one. It also makes sure that if the two best teams are in the same division, neither one gets penalized for it.