From NHLPA press release: Chris Drury announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL) following a 12-year career.
...would have liked to see one more year of Drury. Hate to see one of the most clutch players in NHL history go out like this.
...really disappointed that it didn't work out with the Rangers. He is a guy I thought would be perfect on the Blueshirts. Unrealistic expectations and his contract killed him. Injuries didn't help either.
...either way I wish Drury best of luck in his future endeavors.
i don't have a problem with him getting the money, he is owed it. i just think if a player retires, the cap hit should be erased. my problem is with the CBA, not Drury.
hmm. hadnt thought about the cap hit till i saw it on here, normally i wouldnt bat an eyelid at someone taking dolans money (hes obviously got plenty) but i now have another problem with drury. if he had been a player making minimum money all his career i could understand it, but hes not exactly a pauper and the effect on the team could be the difference between making the playoffs and missing out. the other problem i had was him not voluntarily giving up the C last year when he was obviously going to be out for most of the season while callahan was more deserving and the team was in need of leadership. shame really because although his contract was ridiculous i never had fault with his effort or commitment before
i hope i speak for everyone when i say f$%K you Drury for waiting til we bought out your contract to retire stapling us with 3+ mil of space we could very much use.. what a F%$kin assHOLE
I wish people would stop slamming him for the timing of his retirement relative to the buyout. Sure, if he had retired before the buyout, it would have been easier on the Ranger's bank account. But he probably wanted to keep playing! He's a hockey player, and there are many players still in the NHL at ages older than his 35 (tomorrow) years; had he retired earlier, he wouldn't have been able to even try to play again. It's been a while since the buyout - you think he wasn't spending that interim time checking with doctors about his knee and trying to find a team that would take him?
If that is, in fact, what happened, I respect him MORE as a person and a hockey player for trying to stay in the game as long as he could.
classy guy. always loved him in NY but hated his contract.
anyway does anyone want a Chris Drury jersey?
sad way to end for a great career for a classy guy. best of luck to him.
but i gotta ask, even if he files retirement papers, his cap hit stays on the books? thats BS.
Wow. Just wow.
Its sad, but I think its for the best. Better to go out now and be stand-up about it than struggle through another year and get forced out because he can't keep up with the younger guys.
Wish he had retired before we bought him out. But can't say I would have walked away from about $5 million from the buy out. He was none the less a class act.
screw him he screwed the team not sure how him being a hockey player has anything to do with anything what a joke.. @Random_Ranger
@acourtzsure i want the drury jersey so i can burn it
@cb1 Agreed that the move to retire after the buyout takes away some of the shine on Drury being such a "classy" guy. Should have taken notes from Naslund.
@KingBadaBing Class act for sure.