"The way I look at it is, whatever's presented throughout the game, I just try to do it the best I can, whether its defensive-zone draws, killing penalties, whatever's thrown at me," he said today after an optional skate. "I know what's expected of me. My job is to be ready as to whatever comes."
"I will say this: I don't think any team's ever won a Stanley Cup without a good four lines. When I look back to my Cup in Colorado, we had a great fourth line, they did everything asked of them, they did everything possible to help us win, win faceoffs, blocking shots, kill penalties: Shjon Podein, Dave Reid, Stephane Yelle, guys just killed themselves to help us win. Teams and organizations are deeper than they've ever been. You're gonna need a lot of guys if you want to get where to want to be in June." Even the teams in the 80s had so much skill, the Oilers, they always had guys who did the little things, you'd be hard-pressed to find a winner who didn't have them."
...Drury is doing some serious lobbying for his job here. If the Rangers are dependent on the fourth line to make a Cup run they're in a lot of trouble.
...i know it's hard to put aside his salary, but I think Rangers fans needs to just except what Drury is at this point and be happy about any contributions he can make (ie faceoffs, blocked shots, pk).
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has quotes from Brian Boyle on the Rangers struggling power play.
"I know what's expected of me. My job is to be ready as to whatever comes." That's basically no role. Leadership wasn't mentioned once...sold fourth line captain for the cup! (sarcastic but serious)
We can put aside his salary for now because of the room we have against the cap. But this offseason its a real problem. His role is fine, but the salary is absurd for a 4th liner, however he will be invaluable come playoffs.
FINALLY! glad to hear from Drury. now fans can stop speculating. and everyone can focus on finishing strong and doing well in the playoffs!
@EvanSzymkowicz Completely agree on Drury's value in the playoffs.