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Chris Drury Named Director Of Player Development For The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, September 4, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Chris Drury as Director of Player Development.

In his role, Drury, 39, will be responsible for working with the team’s hockey operations department to assist in the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. He will serve as a liaison between the hockey operations department and prospects in the organization, and assist in the evaluation of the team’s prospects. Drury will work closely with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to further enhance the progression of Rangers prospects who are in professional hockey by providing encouragement and guidance. In addition, he will assist in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.

During his 12-year NHL career, the Trumbull, Connecticut native skated in 892 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, and the Rangers, registering 255 goals and 360 assists for 615 points, along with 468 penalty minutes. Drury captured the Stanley Cup as a member of the Avalanche in 2000-01, ranking second in the NHL with 11 goals in 23 games during the team’s playoff run. In 1998-99, Drury received the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year after registering 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points with Colorado. Drury recorded at least 20 goals in nine different seasons in his career, and he registered at least 50 points in eight different seasons.

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Could The Devils Benefit From Chris Drury?


The New Jersey Devils received news about 48 hours ago that Travis Zajac will miss anywhere from 8-10 weeks after undergoing Achilles surgery. 8-10 weeks is an estimate, keep in mind, meaning that the top line center could miss more time then originally expected. One wrong turn could put him on the shelf for the rest of the year. Devils coach Peter DeBoer will ultimately begin to switch up lines in order to help even everything out in New Jersey.

At the same time of the Zajac news, came some other interesting news: Chris Drury has retired. If I was the Devils GM, my eyebrow would of raised immediately.

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Goodbye Drury


I’m currently on a visit to my mother-in-law over the weekend. I brought the regular necessities - clothes, hygien articles, garlic, stake. I was playing with my daughter as my Iphone’s rss-feed reached me with news that aged me slightly - Chris Drury has retired.

I hold Drury in high esteem as a consummate professional. He excelled at sports from a young age, showing talent in both baseball and hockey. Drafted by the Nordiques in the 3rd round he took the college route to the NHL, becoming the first player to win both the Hobey Baker Award and the Calder Trophy.


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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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Drury And Canucks A Match?

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

Chris Drury is one UFA that hasn’t found a team yet. This is probably because he scored one goal in 24 games last year with the Rangers while taking up $7,050,000 in cap space.

No, it didn’t go well for Drury in New York….

You can also add injuries to the list of reasons potential suitors should be wary. In June, the New York Post reported that Drury had a “degenerative condition” in his left knee that might keep the Rangers from buying him out. But Drury was bought out anyway, which leaves one to conclude that he’s healthy (or at least healthy enough), or that he let the buyout go through because he’d already made enough money off the club and felt pretty bad about it.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume he’s healthy. If he’s not, it’s an easy pass.

Let’s also assume he won’t be too fussy about money, what with having banked a fair bit the last few years. If money’s an issue, it’s another easy pass.


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Report- Now Drury Will Be Bought Out

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The buyout ending Chris Drury’s career as a Ranger will become official today, The Post has learned.

The 34-year-old who played four seasons on Broadway, the last three of them as team captain, will become an unrestricted free agent after deciding against applying for a medical exception due to a left knee condition.

It is believed Drury, who would have received the full $5 million due for the final season of his five-year, $35.25 million contract had he been declared medically unable to perform as opposed to the $3.333 million he will collect on the buyout, will seek to continue his career, perhaps in Buffalo, from whence he came on July 1, 2007.


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Confusing Case of Chris Drury

From Jesse Spector at The Blueshirts Blog:

According to the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, a player must clear waivers before he can be bought out of a contract. The process, though, is fraught with confusion, especially in the case of Rangers captain Chris Drury.

Drury did not go on waivers today, which apparently means the Rangers have one more chance tomorrow to make him available to the entire league if they intend to buy him out by Thursday’s deadline. I say apparently because of the case of the one player who did go on waivers today, Minnesota Wild defenseman Cam Barker.

According to a pair of tweets from Bob McKenzie of TSN, “Barker’s waiver price is $26,250. Can’t be bought out unless it’s a waiver price of $125. So this is the first pass to see if anyone wants him. If he clears tomorrow at noon, MIN would have to put him back on $125 waivers if they want to buy him out.”

Further to that, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote, “(Wild GM Chuck) Fletcher won’t comment today, but the Wild will only say this doesn’t mean it’s definitely buying him out because he’s just on regular waivers.”


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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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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.”


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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Some Tough Decisions Ahead

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

Unfortunately, Gomez hasn’t panned out as hoped. This season, he posted the worst numbers of his NHL career (seven goals, 38 points in 80 games), leading to speculation Canadiens management will consider demoting him to the minors next season to clear his $7.3 million cap hit from the books.

Drury, meanwhile, is still with the Rangers, but it’s become clear over the past two years his play is deteriorating. In 2009-10 he netted 32 points in 77 games, the lowest total of his NHL career. This season, a broken finger and knee surgery limited him to only 24 games, but he still only managed five points.

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Gaborik & Drury Leave Game Tonight

from TSN,

The injury bug took a big bite out of the New York Rangers Friday night as both Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury have left the game with injuries.

Gaborik suffered a shoulder injury in the second period in a collision with Maple Leafs’ forward Colby Armstrong.  Armstrong received a boarding minor on the play and Gaborik remained on the ice for the ensuing power play.  Later, Gaborik was seen grimacing on the Rangers bench before heading to the team’s dressing room.


added 9:15pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Broken finger for Drury is the early assessment. Not sure if its the same finger he injured in the preseason


added 9:27pm, Video of Gaborik injury is below…

added 10:28pm, Multiple reports, Gaborik out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury and Drury out 6 weeks with the broken finger.

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Team USA Taking Care Of Business

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

No longer underdogs, no longer able to hide in the weeds following Sunday’s seminal triumph, the Yanks are off until Wednesday, when they will face the winner of tomorrow’s Switzerland-Belarus qualification match.

“I can’t say that I’m surprised at where we are and what we’ve been able to do,” said Drury, who has scored twice in three games while filling a variety of roles. “We came here with a lot of belief in ourselves. We came to take care of business.


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Glencross Gets 3 Games For Hit On Drury

per Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Three-game suspension for Curtis Glencross for the hit on Drury.

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A Different Role For Drury

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The personnel is different this year, so is the head coach, and so is the role that Chris Drury has been assigned to fill on a Rangers team that brought an 8-3-1 record into last night’s match against the Islanders at the Coliseum.

For no longer is Drury in a top-six offensive position up front, skating now as he does as the third-line center. No longer is Drury, who scored 55 of his 114 goals on the power play the last four seasons, on that specialty unit.

“The minutes certainly aren’t as sexy as I’ve been accustomed to getting over the years,” Drury, who is averaging just 50 seconds of power-play time per game after getting an average of 3:34 last year and 3:57 his first year on Broadway, told The Post yesterday morning.

“The minutes I’m getting now are on the penalty kill and in more defensive situations, such as the shift after a goal is scored when keeping or changing the momentum is so important. Those are critical portions of the game, so I’m certainly approaching this as if I have an important role to fill for this team.”


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Drury Prepared For Home Run Derby Competition

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Drury, now the New York Rangers’ captain, has been bugging Martin for more details about the Aug. 8 Home Run Derby that will be part of the upcoming 20th reunion weekend for the 1989 Little League World Series championship team from Trumbull, Conn.

“Chris is very excited,” Martin said. “I think he’s already at the batting cages every day. His work ethic always has been part of his story in the NHL and apparently it doesn’t matter if it’s whiffle ball or Home Run Derby, he catches that same vigor.”

Martin laughed and added, “He’s a nut job. He calls me every day with questions. If anybody’s going to be ready to go, it’s him.”

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Drury Played With Broken Hand

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When the series ended, when the Rangers went through the handshake line following last night’s 2-1 Game 7 defeat, Chris Drury used his left hand to congratulate the Capitals.

That’s because, as he told The Post, the captain had played the first round with a broken right hand he sustained late in the April 9 victory over the Flyers in the Garden finale that clinched a playoff berth.


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Dreaming Of Drury

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here’s one thing I’m hearing from people in the know: The Rangers are so intent on getting Mats Sundin that they may well trade Chris Drury to make room. The Rangers will need to clear some significant salary to allow for Mats’ inclusion, and Drury has three more years and $21.5 million left on his contract after this season.

But he also has a no-movement clause to his deal, meaning any kind of trade or demotion to the minors or put through the waiver wire would need his approval first….

The Avs have roughly five million in cap space right now - partly because of Joe Sakic’s long-term injury. So maybe if you get a Drury to waive his no-movement clause to come to Colorado and get the Rangers to pay half his salary this year after going through re-entry waivers, you could fit him in - although you’d probably have to move more salary too.

Of the few teams Drury would consider playing for, I’m sure the Avs would be one of them.


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Drury Struggling

from Mark Hale of the NY Post,

He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.

Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist

“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.

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Drury Named Rangers Captain

As expected…

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers will open the season in Prague tomorrow against the Lightning with Chris Drury wearing the captain’s “C” and current linemates Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund wearing the associate captains’ “A,” The Post has learned.


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NY Rangers Expect Drury Back Tonight

From the Globe & Mail:

Chris Drury is in pain with what is thought to be bruised ribs but the New York Rangers centre expects to play Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But the Rangers will be missing checking centre Blair Betts and winger Sean Avery when they try to avoid elimination from the NHL playoffs Tuesday night at the hands of the Penguins. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final 3-0.


P.S. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume the writer—David Shoalts, I believe—meant “Thursday night.” Tonight.

Update 2:22pm ET:  More help for the Blueshirts. From Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

Lauri Korpikoski (center), the 21-year-old out of Finland who was the 19th overall selection in the 2004 Entry Draft, is expected to make his NHL debut tonight vs. Pittsburgh.


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Drury Time

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Last night at the Rock, the clock was tick-tick-ticking away on the game and, in essence, on whatever chance the Rangers New York Rangers were going to have at making a dash down the stretch to capture the East title.

It was 1-0 Devils with fewer than five minutes to go in third, just as it had been 1-0 Devils from the 6:05 mark of the first.

In other words, Drury Time.

Time for the Big Moment Kid.


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Drury Sees Old Friend in Boston

From Lynn Zinser at the NYT [reg. required],

The Bruins held Travis Roy Day to help Roy’s foundation raise money to help victims of spinal cord injuries. Roy was paralyzed in his first shift as a freshman at Boston University in 1995. One of his teammates was Rangers center Chris Drury, who has stayed close to Roy. Before the game, Drury met Roy outside the Rangers’ locker room and leaned down to give him a hug and hugged him again when Roy dropped the ceremonial first puck. “Chris is such a great guy,” Roy said. “He’s always been there, supporting me. It’s so fun to watch him succeed.”

The Bruins donated $100,000 to Roy’s foundation yesterday.  More about Travis Roy fundraiser available at Boston Bruins.com or on the foundation’s website.

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