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Report- Rangers Plan To Buyout Drury - UPDATED

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.”

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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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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Good decision. Drury is a mere shadow of his former self.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/09/11 at 10:53 AM ET

Russian Rocket's avatar

Interesting to see how in the past few years the Rangers have unloaded the contracts of Rosival and Gomez, while burying Redden and buying out Drury without totally crippling their cap.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 06/09/11 at 11:09 AM ET

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Interesting to see how in the past few years the Rangers have unloaded the contracts of Rosival and Gomez, while burying Redden and buying out Drury without totally crippling their cap.

Even more interesting is the fact that Glen Sather still has a job.  NYC may have finally found a sport where you actually need people of competence instead of people running the show with an infinite bank roll.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/09/11 at 11:38 AM ET

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Just my opinion but ever since Messier has been around I feel like decision making at the management level have been much more competent.

I truly believe Messier has a big say in the good management decisions taking place.

People keep making comments about Rangers CONTINUING to make mistakes and get away with it.  This is certainly not the case.  Over the last two and a half years the Rangers have acquired Prust, Mcdonagh, Wolski, Boyle, Gaborik, Zucarello, Valentenko.

In that same period of time they have disposed of Higgins, Gomez, Rosival, Betts, Orr, Shelley, Frolov, and moved forward without Redden.

While I agree that Drury, Gomez, Redden, and Rosival were awful signings; I commend them for taking the necessary steps to move forward with the youth and build through the draft.

Rangers would have had a pleasant surprise if Wolski played well enough to stick around next year. However, this was the plan for Wolski all along since he can be bought out at such a discounted rate due to his age… it was a way to get out from Rosival’s contract.

And I don’t care what anybody says… Gaborik is not a bad signing YET.  His first year he certainly earned his keep and after one bad season it is far to soon to jump to any conclusions.

Just because the Rangers are pursuing Richards doesn’t mean they are making a mistake either.  If he ultimately signs with the Rangers the determining factors will be the money and length of the contract.  All the “reported” figures of Richards’ asking price are PURELY SPECULATION.

If the Rangers sign Richards for 6.5-7 mil over the course of 5-6 seasons will anyone say that is a bad signing?

Posted by pkkieffer on 06/09/11 at 12:56 PM ET

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Time to make Cally the Captain, he has earned it!

Posted by Biskitt from NY on 06/09/11 at 01:45 PM ET

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I’d be all for getting Sean Avery to come back to Detroit…

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/09/11 at 03:19 PM ET

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Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/09/11 at 02:19 PM ET

Ugh, please GOD NO.

Posted by Garth on 06/09/11 at 04:07 PM ET

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