Hey, before the game, I just want to clear up something, because I think I might have been a little hard on Drury yesterday. In a certain role, I think he can help Team USA. And I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he A) is named captain or B) scores a clutch goal or two in the tournament.
And he will probably be better off with that team than with the Rangers because there will be more offensive guys, and so they won’t rely on him so much.
I was just floored by the idea that, as Brian Burke said, he was chosen because “he’s Chris Drury.” I didn’t think that type of entitlement is the way to go when picking an Olympic team (or for that matter, an NHL team). We’ve all seen how that works around here, for more than a decade. How, when you put somebody on the team because of who he is, and not because of what he does or can do, it blows up in your face more often than not.
I didn’t think Drury earned his way onto the team. That’s all I was saying.
Here are today’s pregame notes.