The Rangers have made it official by announcing the buyout of Drury. Here's Glen Sather's statement..
"Chris is a consummate professional, a tremendous competitor and an even better person," stated Sather. "He gave his heart and soul to the Rangers organization in his time here and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."
...Rangers are hopefully sewing the "C" on Callahan's sweater as we speak.
Update, 2:28 p.m.:
Jesse Spector at the Blueshirts Blog takes a look at the Rangers salary cap situation with the Drury buyout stating that they have plenty of room for Richards and other upgrades after signing all their RFAs.
Updated, 1:02 p.m.:
Jim Cerny tweets that there will not be any news regarding Chris Drury and the Rangers for at least the next several hours, if at all today.
...assuming the organization is trying to figure out how to announce this the proper way.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports the buyout ending Chris Drury's career as a Ranger will become official today after deciding against applying for a medical exception due to a left knee condition.
Drury will become an unrestricted free agent.
Here is Drury's farewell statement which Brooks received via e-mail...
"It was a great honor and privilege to be a New York Ranger for the past four years, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to fulfill that childhood dream. The Rangers are a first-class organization with great people in the hockey, public relations, team services and community relations departments.
"I would also like to thank Ranger fans. They always inspired me to do the best I could in whatever role I was asked to play. Playing before them in the Garden was a thrill of a lifetime. I wish all the fans and the entire Ranger organization the best of luck in the future."
The Rangers will be cap-charged approximately $3.717 million for the buyout this season and $1.667 million next year
...while the Drury buyout will benefit the Rangers greatly, I refuse to celebrate it. He is a true professional, who played with maximum effort every night. I wanted so bad for it to work out with him. Local guy who grew up a Rangers and Yankees fan. How could you not?
...ridiculous expectations and injuries did in one of the, if not the, greatest clutch performers in NHL history.
...unfortunately for Rangers fans the biggest impact he had on the ice for us was this...
Not really sure of the long term impact of this buy out deal; feel bad for Drury....and the signing of Richards might be the "doom" for Sather.... we need a strong captain...not just go on a spending spree to buy one....
You know, I find it interesting that with all this talk of Richards coming or not coming to NY, for all his leadership, winning mentality, and invaluable Cup experience, there has not been 1 person who has mentioned that he would be the captain of the team. The DAY Messier arrived, there was no question he was the Captain. I know it was a different situation, but makes you think is this guy REALLY worth it if even his supporters don't view him as the captain from day one? Just a thought.
so can we not go after Richards and dump all our money on some old center. Why not try and put an offer sheet for Stamkos and see if Tampa can match it
I will always remember Drury for ripping my heart out of my chest that night in Buffalo. Me and my buddy were in the stands and were speechless. The riot that ensued after the game was terrible. It will forever ingrained in my mind....
Im gonna miss him, he may not have put up the best numbers but you can tell he was truly invested in the team since he dreamed to be a ranger. He was a big NY sports fan and a great all around guy, hope he can find a place that treats him well. Best of luck to a world class player!
I'm not gonna celebrate his buy out, i'm just happy it will be done. That had to be his last game as a Ranger. It really seemed like a match made in heaven but these things always seem to hurt the Rangers. It's tough. I know he grew up a Rangers fan and really wanted to come here and win a championship and I feel for that.
I wish Chris Drury could have stayed and I wish that after he is bought out we could sign him for the league minimum or something like that. I will miss Captain Clutch greatly and I will never forget the way he played and the unrelenting effort he showed day in and day out. Remember this man buried a goal in the last seconds of the devils rangers game last season to propel us to a victory that put the rangers on a roll that led us to one shootout save from a playoff birth. Though he didnt play much this year and couldnt score often, he did once again score a clutch goal, tieing up the last game of the regular season against the devils that clinched the playoffs for the rangers. Chris Drury is a wonderful man and captain and he should not be hated by rangers nation for the contract he signed but instead should be loved for the way he played. We as rangers fans can ask nothing more from a player than for his best effort every night and players like Chris Drury make me proud to be a rangers fan.
i wouldnt really say "rediculouse" expectations. the year before he signed with the rangers was a career best for goals (37) and points (69) so i do not blame sather for giving him that contract. but his first year on the team his goals dropped to 25, and steadily declined after that. wether it be age, nerves or injuries, i dont think he lived up to his name. Dru was an excellent player and the rangers were a turning point in his career. i do wish him the best and hope he leaves with pride. it just didnt work out for him here. by the way, Fasth is tearing it up at the scrimmage
Not a great ending, but glad it's done. I hope he gets to play as long as he wants to and goes out the way he wants...as long as he stays away from hurting the Rangers. Good luck to him.
Sad to see it end like this in NY for Dru. But thrilled that another team that actually wants him can now pick him up. Hopefully most of the Drury bashing around the Rangers fan community can come to an end, and this Dru fan can come out of hiding on message boards now :) Good luck to Chris Drury.
@scimoon1 Brad Richards will NOT be the Captain of the Rangers, nor is he being signed to fill such role. I don't understand where everyone got this silly idea that he's gonna step in and be the leader of this team.
@gravey94 BTW, Dallas has missed the playoffs the last three seasons with their "Leader" Richards.
@BBeck Two playoff series wins in 10 years as GM. Sounds like a good enough reason for me.
@BrianRajs I agree, that would be a fantastic move. I guess Sather doesn't want that done to him, so he doesn't do it to other teams. Smith buned him in Edmonton with Graves, so maybe that left a scar. Maybe the Rangers could hire Smith for a week, he loved offer sheets!
@BrianRajs Would much rather see the Rangers do that for sure.
@Newsted126 One of the worst Rangers loses I've ever experienced.
@_Jack I can't believe it took that long for someone to comment on it.
@mikey But if you followed Drury's career you'd know he was a 20-25 goal guy. The two years of 35+ goals in Buffalo had everything to do with the system he was in.
@KevinDeLury I was listening to that game on the radio driving to Syracuse, NY. Almost got into a car accident because of it.