The New York Rangers have made it abundantly clear that they are in hot pursuit of pending unrestricted free agent Brad Richards.
They only have one problem: the dreaded salary cap.
Richards is going to fetch big money. If that wasn't enough, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov are all restricted free agent forwards who are due for a raise.
This leaves Chris Drury on the outside looking in.
Along with Scott Gomez and Daniel Briere, Drury was at the top of the free-agency class in 2007. He signed for big money with the Rangers and, much like Gomez, he has disappointed.
Drury has one year remaining on his contract. He is due to earn $5 million but is a $7.05 million cap hit.
There have recently been rumors floating around about a potential buyout of Drury's contract. A buyout seems to be the only way for the Blueshirts to gain some cap space, as it seems that Drury's best years are behind him.
He missed most of the 2010-2011 regular season with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. It's doubtful that any team would take a chance on him and his $5 million salary.
With a buyout, Drury would become a free agent. I'm sure a lot of teams would jump at the opportunity to sign the veteran.
The possibility of a trade shouldn't be ruled out completely. Although the scenario is much less likely, there are some teams in the NHL that need to get up to the salary cap floor and may want to take a shot with Drury, in hopes that he will have a bounce-back season.
Here's a list of 10 teams that may be interested in what Chris Drury has to offer.