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The Latest On Chris Drury

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It appears as if the Rangers will be unable to buy out the final season of Chris Drury’s contract because of a degenerative condition in the captain’s left knee that apparently will render him medically unable to play next season, The Post has learned.

While Drury has yet to file the necessary paperwork, sources report he plans to do so. The Rangers, who had been planning a buyout, could file a grievance against Drury, but that is a remote possibility, at best.

Mounting a challenge is problematic on numerous levels, but winning a grievance would cost CEO Jim Dolan approximately $2.7 million in cash, given insurance ramifications.

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shanetx's avatar

Drury is going to file for a condition that will keep him from playing next year, forcing his team to stay on the hook for another year with his cripplingly expensive contract, when he could just move on and not pollute a situation that’s already bad (deadbeat, underperorming captain who clearly is no longer the team’s leader thanks to Callahan and Dubinsky’s rise- not to mention the fact that Drury was never capable of controlling Avery once Shanahan left).  Meanwhile, a year ago Markus Näskund deemed his performance (vastly more meaningful than Drury’s) unworthy of his salary (much, much lower than Drury’s) and retired to help the rangers move on.

I hope Don Cherry and the rest of the racist good ol’ boy brigade are keeping track of the differences in how a “tough, heart and soul” type Canadian leader conducts himself compared to a soft, finesse oriented Swede.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/17/11 at 03:31 PM ET

clownfat's avatar

Uhm, why are you so angry about this? It sounds to me that he and Sather decided this was the best thing to do because when it is determined that Drury is injured beyond repair then the insurance company picks up the bulk of his salary this year. By doing this the Rangers save about $4 million dollars. It isn’t like they won’t bury the salary some other way if it comes to that. It isn’t like they need that cap space over the summer to make room for Richards unless they way overpay him. If anything… to me it seems Drury is taking one for the team.

Posted by clownfat on 06/17/11 at 05:24 PM ET

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Drury is selfish for wanting to collect the money the Rangers are contractually obligated to pay him, in a contract offer Sather made that was widely thought of as foolish at the time it was signed?

Sorry, the Rags made mistakes (obvious ones) with their money and have to live with them (Wade Redden, anyone?). If the Rangers wanted to sign Howard Stern for $10million a year to be a goalie, that’s their fault for offering, and it’s no knock on him for expecting them to pay, even if he’s not worth that much as a hockey player.

Just be thankful they can hide Drury’s cap hit.

Posted by steviesteve on 06/17/11 at 05:48 PM ET

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