According to Andy Strickland's recent tweet, it is not outside the realm of possibility that Chris Drury will opt for retirement. This could be a sign that he does not believe his troubled knee can pass a physical that would be required to sign with a team.
Drury played in 892 regular season games and 135 playoff games with three NHL teams. In that time he racked up over 600 regular season points and scored 47 playoff goals.
When all is said and done, Drury can likely expect to be inducted in to the US Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Trumbull, CT, Drury's career was derailed by injuries after a few disappointing seasons with the New York Rangers.
On June 29, 2011 the Rangers bought out the final year of Drury's career, which lead many to speculate that he could turn up with another team if he could pass a physical. You can read more on possibly interested teams here.
2010-11 was a disaster for Drury. But his 2009-10 season was not much better. That season he played 77 games and produced 32 points. Many take it as a sign that his ability to produce has greatly diminished.
If he did not go the retirement route, in addition to leadership, potential suitors also would get a defensively responsible veteran that knows how to handle himself in situations on the ice. Even if he has lost a step or two, those 1,000 games provide him with the knowledge to find a way to position himself and outwork an opponent.
It easy to bet against the guy at this point, but look at an intangible in this situation. Drury could easily have caused problem in New York by refusing the buyout on the basis of his medical issues.
The fact that he did not speaks volumes about his character and his desire to still play in the NHL or at least go out with some dignity. While he is still getting a nice chunk of change from the Rangers, he can supplement that with a lesser deal in a good situation if his knee can still be salvaged.
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