"Drury's finger injury may have thrown off his game, but he's logged a lot of hard miles on that 34-year-old body – including more than a regular-season-and-a-half of playoff games (130 in total) – so the end may indeed be near."
Proteau also mentions the Rangers buying Drury out this offseason or sending him to the CT Whale.
...before I get to Drury, it just baffles me that a guy like Proteau doesn't do his homework. If he did, he'd know that Drury has a no movement clause and would have to waive it before being sent down to the Whale. Which I doubt he'd do.
...as far as Drury goes, while he is probably the most deserving Ranger to sit in the press box once players start getting healthy, I don't see Torts doing it to the Rangers Captain. The one guy I see as the odd man out is EC. With the shootout prowess of MZA and Wolski he has become expendable. Plus as I've said about Drury, I think he will be very beneficial if the Rangers are lucky enough to get in the playoffs.
...let me hear your thoughts.
Its laughable how some of you think he isn't playing good because he thinks he deserves the ice time from his past or he just isnt trying to prove himself. Believe me the man is trying. But if you have never played hockey its hard to understand this. There are so many aspects to hockey not just proving or working hard. Just because he works his ass off doesn't mean he will produce. He is older now and he never had skills like Teemu. He wont ever get faster and instead is getting slower and slower. His shot is slower and his quickness is gone. His mind is there and you know he wants to play but his body guys is as good as burnt toast. This is why some players need to retire with some pride left.
I think that Drury has 2 or 3 weeks left to come out of his miasma and start to produce on a consistant basis. The Florida game was a good start but he needs to do a lot more game in and game out. If he doesn't, and all of the injured guys are back, when crunch time comes the coach is going to be forced to play the guys that are prodicing. If Dru isn't one of them, he will find himself in the luxury box instead of on the ice.
I say Dru and EC are odd men out. I cannot conceive any notion of Zucc being sat or being sent back to the Whale.
On a somewhat unrelated point, the player I feel so good for this year is Matt Gilroy. For a time there it was thought that he could be traded but boy has he shown us the potential we expected last year! Wonder if the Rangers should consider him at forward wherre he layed some during college?
Unless he brings it in the playoffs, I can't see the Rangers not buying out his contract at the end of the year.
I was told by someone on the inside, EC is odd man out. I don't see sitting Dru without giving Cally the C first and supposedly he is "the man" in the locker room, so they don't want to do that.
I think there is something about base-level motivations that makes people act differently toward their work as their careers progress. this applies to everyone, not just atheletes. Hear me out.
When guys (or girls) are in the early part of their career, they still have the perspective of a student. They approach their work as if they have something to learn, and the good ones take something away from their mistakes. They are motivated by the desire to improve (whether for its own sake or for the prospect of a fat paycheck).
Mid-career, they start thinking of themselves differently. They start thinking of themselves as experts in their field, and focus on execution rather than growth. They are motivated by the desire to justify their position (or paycheck).
As they get to the end, some (not all) start feeling like they deserve what they have achieved. They stop growing, and they stop pushing themselves becasue they feel like they have already proven themselves. I think this is where Drury is. He was a great player. He earned his payday by his past performance. Too bad Colorado and Buffalo can't share his paycheck. Now, he still wants to perform, but doesn't seem to be motivated to prove himself, to take the risks that the young guys do on this team. Yeah, he blocks shots. Yeah, he broke his finger, his finger, his finger..., but watch him during the game. Watch how hard he skates compared to, say, Boyle, or even Newberry or Weise. Those guys have something to prove, and they are throwing themselves into it, Drury, not so much. It's as if he feels like he's done the top-line, 30-goal thing, he's put that trophy in his case (figuratively, of course), and now he's perfectly content to be the 4th line, faceoff, PK guy. In a few years he can sit around the pizza oven and reminisce about the "good ol' days."
My point? It's in his head. I like what Drury brings to the game. I think he is a great player. I just wish he would bring it more often.
THIS is why being 34 matters. It's not a pysical/training/old person thing. It has to do with self-perception. Once you've been in a career for that many years, you start to feel like you deserve a day (or season) off once in a while.
Too bad he doesn't read the blogs. He'd realize that he *does*, in fact, have something to prove -- to us... or maybe he reads the blogs, and just doesn't care.
That being said, he looked pretty good against FLA and created a few decent chances. Prove me wrong Chris. Prove me wrong.
I'd rather have EC's offence in the team than Drury's defensive work. We have trouble scoring not grinding!
not an excellent defensive, and certainly not still a great forechecker. if he were, he'd be somewhat effective on O, which he hasn't been.
that said, thought he played a solid game against FLA. first in a while
i think were using him exactly as he should be used. not in all situations, gets penalty kill time because he's still an excellent defensive forward, he's still a great forechecker, he just doesn't have his old offensive flare. let him get a puck to the twine once this year and maybe it will set him off (he still hasn't scored)
@CraiginCanada Got to give myself kudos. At the beginning of the year I anticipated a comeback season for Gilroy. Probably the only preseason prediction I got right. He's been great.
@KevinDeLury hahaha no...I guess I can give up my source...Jim Cerny has told me a few things that make me laugh at fan suggestions. One of the things was that EC is odd man out
@sarcasmpucktail When you say "someone" do you mean your buddy Boyle?
@skev303 Are you talking about EC's impressive 6g, 8a? ;)
@_Jack Or age.