It appears as though Chris Drury may be packing his bags, according to early reports from the New York Post. Naming several sources close to GM Glen Sather, it appears as though the Rangers are prepared to buy out the remaining year of his $7 million contract.
Head coach John Tortorella’s comments on April 25th regarding Drury certainly did not give the veteran a ringing endorsement.
"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."
Drury had a difficult season a year ago, netting just one goal and four assists while missing 59 games with assorted injuries.
The buyout window is June 15-30, and the Rangers could buy out Drury’s contract, meaning just $3.3 million of his cap hit would count for the upcoming year. Wojtek Wolski is another candidate for contract buyout, and coupled with Drury’s buyout, New York would be saving $6.8 million in salary next year.
While it may seem as though the Rangers are clearing space for their bid to win the Brad Richards sweepstakes, the Sharks could stand to gain from signing Drury once he hits the open market.
Here are the top five reasons why.