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Drury Retires

TORONTO (August 19, 2011) – Chris Drury announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL) following a 12-year career.

After being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the 72nd pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Drury went on to play 892 career NHL games with four different teams (Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers).

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Very sad to see it come to an end this soon after such a precipitous drop for the man. Very surprise he didn’t get picked up by a team like Vancouver looking to add some depth/character or even the Islanders.

My only question is if Drury’s buyout still counts against the Rangers’ cap now that he’s finished?

Posted by Chris on 08/19/11 at 01:17 PM ET


My only question is if Drury’s buyout still counts against the Rangers’ cap now that he’s finished?

Absolutely.  It counts no matter what.

Posted by Garth on 08/19/11 at 01:56 PM ET


Not an outcome I expected. He could have retired and saved the Rangers the cap hit (like Naslund), but instead he got some of the money and then retired.  I totally thought he would get bought out, but thought he would still have some legs left to take on a lesser role with another team.  Didn’t he had to be healthy enough to be bought out in the first place?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/19/11 at 02:03 PM ET


Unfortunate that this guy will be remembered as a $7 million 10-15 goal player in his last four or five years. Before that, he was a clutch guy who won just about everything there is to win (including a little league world championship).

Posted by steviesteve on 08/19/11 at 02:05 PM ET

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He had a really good thing going in Colorado. Those other teams would have been better served not trying to pigeon hole a third line player to first line money/expectations. He would have made a better impact. Drury was good competitor, a winner and from what I’ve read about him a really good hockey guy. Its just too bad his legacy will largely be linked to under performance.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 08/19/11 at 03:35 PM ET

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