NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Teams That Would Love To Deal for Chris Drury

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IMay 16, 2011

NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Teams That Would Love To Deal for Chris Drury

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 10:  Chris Drury #23 of the New York Rangers looks on against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 10, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. Devils defeated the Rangers 6-3.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    If there's one thing that the New York Rangers have been famous for in the Glen Sather era, it's bad contracts to aging veterans. 

    As of now, the lone contract on the roster that fits this description is that of team captain Chris Drury.  Drury was 31 when he joined the Rangers in 2007 by signing a five-year deal worth $35.25 million.

    While he has been a valuable presence in the locker room, Drury has not been the effective shooter he was with the Buffalo Sabres, his team before the Rangers.  With one year and $7.05 million remaining on his contract and the Rangers looking to bring in a top free agent as well as retain some of their own, Drury is extremely expendable after missing most of last season. 

    He only played in 24 games due to multiple injuries and only tallied five points (one goal, four assists) all season long.

    Despite the fact that he will be 35 next season, Drury could still prove to be valuable in some team's cases.  He is a great leader and can be a great mentor to young squads.  Here are five teams that could use the man they call "McDrury" on their team.

5. Boston Bruins

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    SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 27: Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on December 27, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 3-2 in a shoot-out. (Photo by Joe
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    Now, at first glance, this is a very unlikely deal.  Yet if Marc Savard (pictured at left) is unable to return from yet another concussion, Drury could prove to be a viable option to fill that void.

    Think about it.  Drury is just a year older than Savard, averages about the same amount of goals per season and spends a lot less time in the penalty box.  Call me crazy, but that sounds like a perfect fit.

    If the Bruins could give up a defenseman in exchange for Drury, let's say Johnny Boychuk, then the Rangers captain would be welcomed with open arms in Boston.

4. Ottawa Senators

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Philips Arena on March 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Thrashers defeated the 5-4 in the shoot out.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    There's no other way of saying this.  Since the Senators were horrible last year and traded away one of their more popular players in Mike Fisher, they need another scoring and leadership presence to help out Jason Spezza (pictured at left).

    Drury would be a welcome addition to a young team like the Sens.  He could fire them up and most importantly, make them believe.

    Given how Ottawa doesn't really have anybody besides Spezza, the Rangers should ask for nothing but prospects in this deal.

3. Dallas Stars

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02:  Brad Richards #91 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    The Dallas Stars are not the top team that would want to trade for Chris Drury.  Yet they are the team that Rangers fans would love to see work out a deal for Drury.  Allow me to elaborate.

    The Stars have Brad Richards on their team, also known as the guy who will be the most sought after free agent on the market this offseason.  If Dallas and New York can orchestrate some sort of sign-and-trade deal, both sides would win.  New York would gain an effective shooter, and Dallas would receive a leader who would give Jamie Langenbrunner some extra incentive to stay in Dallas.

    Plus, Rangers fans would rejoice and dance in the streets, and who doesn't want that?

2. New Jersey Devils

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    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 02:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates during an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadians at the Prudential Center on April 2, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    If there's one thing that all hockey fans know, it's that the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils (not to mention all of their fans) hate each other with a passion.  Yet the NHL is still a business, and if these two division rivals can work out a deal, then it will happen.

    The Devils are in dire need of a leader since GM Lou Lamoriello decided to trade Jamie Langenbrunner back to the Dallas Stars.  Considering how Zach Parise (pictured at left) might walk after next season, the young team needs an older veteran leader to help them stay focused and not let Parise's situation become a distraction.

    This deal will almost definitely not happen, but think about it.  What team wouldn't love to snag a top player from its top divisional rival?

1. Colorado Avalanche

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    GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01:  Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shoot
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    Ever since the retirement of team legend and longtime captain Joe Sakic in 2009, the Colorado Avalanche have had a great void in terms of leadership.  Nothing against former captain Adam Foote, who retired this past season, but he can't hold a candle to Sakic's leadership.  That being said, the front office should make a deal with the Rangers involving Drury and thus bring him back to the team with which he started his NHL career.

    In four seasons with the Avs, Drury scored 85 goals and notched 137 assists for a total of 222 points.  He won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2001 and was a fan favorite due to his habit of coming through in the clutch.

    That being said, a reasonable deal involving Drury and his expiring contract for Paul Stastny (pictured at left) and his soon-to-be-expired contract sounds both reasonable and feasible.  Overall, it should benefit both teams.  The Rangers will receive an effective goal-scorer, and the young Colorado squad will bring one of its original legends home and gain a great leader.