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...