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by Paul on 06/09/11 at 11:43 AM ET
from Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News,
Glen Sather left Wednesday’s general managers meeting without addressing the media, but the Daily News has learned the Rangers boss plans to buy out the final season of captain Chris Drury’s five-year, $35.25 million contract.
“He’s gone,” the source said of Drury, who had one goal and four assists this season as he sat out 58 games with finger and knee injuries - more time than he had missed in his 11 previous NHL campaigns combined.
The NHL’s contract buyout window is June 15-30, and the Rangers have been expected to part ways with Drury since John Tortorella’s read-between-the-lines comment on April 25 that “We have to make decisions for what’s best for the organization moving on… It’s certainly not mine, my total decision, but I have my thoughts.
“These are all conversations we have to have.”
Update 2:00pm ET: From Larry Brooks at NY Post—
General Manager Glen Sather has informed Chris Drury that the Rangers will buy out the final season of his contract, The Post has learned.
Drury, the team captain whose 2010-11 was ruined by injuries that limited him to 24 games during which he was reduced to a bit player, had signed a five-year, $32.5M free agent contract on July 1, 2007. It was the same day the Rangers signed free agent Scott Gomez to a seven-year, $51.5M deal.
The Post has also learned that the team will not buy out either Wojtek Wolski or Sean Avery, each of whom ended the season with tenuous futures on Broadway.
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