The official Drury buyout announcement


From the Rangers:


New York, June 29, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has bought out the contract of forward Chris Drury.

“Chris is a consummate professional, a tremendous competitor and an even better person,” stated Sather.  “He gave his heart and soul to the Rangers organization in his time here and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

In four seasons as a Ranger, Drury registered 62 goals and 89 assists for 151 points, along with 116 penalty minutes in 264 games.  He made his debut with the team on October 4, 2007, tallying the game-winning goal and adding two assists vs. Florida in the season opener.  That season, he led the Blueshirts in power play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven), tied for the team lead in goals (25), and ranked third in assists (33) and points (58).  Drury led the team in power play goals (10) for a second consecutive season in 2008-09, en route to capturing his first of two Players’ Player Awards (2008-09, 2009-10).

Drury, 34, is a Stanley Cup Champion and the only player in hockey history to win both the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top collegiate hockey player and the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.  The three-time Olympian, and two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA, was the winning pitcher for Trumbull, Connecticut in the 1989 Little League World Series vs. Taiwan.  He has served as Rangers’ captain for the last three seasons, having been named the 25th captain in franchise history on October 3, 2008.

In 2009-10, Drury led all NHL forwards in blocked shots (97) and was nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the NY chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA), awarded annually to “the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”  That season, he recorded his 250th career NHL goal and 600th career NHL point with an empty net goal on February 14 vs. Tampa Bay, and skated in his 800th career NHL game on October 19 vs. San Jose.  Last season, Drury missed a total of 57 games due to injury.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Drury skated for three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, serving as team co-captain from 2005-06 to 2006-07.  He reached the 30-goal and 60-point plateaus twice as a Sabre, including a career-high, 37 goals and 69 points in 2006-07.  He also led Buffalo and tied for fourth in the NHL with career-highs in power play goals (17) and game-winning goals (nine) that season.  Drury reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career in 2005-06, leading the Sabres in goals (30) and power play goals (16), and finishing second on the team in points (67).  In the 2006 playoffs, Drury established career-highs in playoff scoring with 18 points and five power play goals in 18 games.  He tied for third in the NHL in goals (nine) and power play goals, and sixth in points while leading Buffalo to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The 5-10, 191-pounder has skated in 892 career NHL games with the Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, and Buffalo Sabres, registering 255 goals and 360 assists for 615 points, along with 468 penalty minutes.  He has reached the 20-goal mark in nine of 12 NHL seasons and surpassed the 50-point mark eight times in his career.  Drury began his NHL career with Colorado in 1998-99, capturing the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie and being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.  He established a career-high and ranked second on the Avalanche with 47 assists in just his second season.

In Stanley Cup Playoff action, Drury has appeared in 135 career contests with the Rangers, Avalanche and Sabres, registering 47 goals and 42 assists for 89 points, along with 46 penalty minutes.  Drury is tied for fourth in the NHL all-time with four playoff overtime goals, and ranks sixth among active NHL players in playoff goals.  He has participated in the playoffs nine times, having advanced to at least the Conference Finals in five of those nine seasons.  Drury captured a Stanley Cup Championship with Colorado in 2000-01, establishing career-highs in postseason appearances (23) and goals (11).  His 11 goals in the 2001 playoffs ranked second in the NHL.

Prior to turning professional, Drury skated in 155 career games with Boston University of Hockey East (HE), recording 113 goals and 101 assists for 214 points.  He won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player in 1998, was runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award in 1997 and was a finalist for the award in 1996.  Drury finished his college career first all-time in goals (113) and third in points (214) in Boston University history, and is the only Terrier with at least 100 goals and 100 assists.  He captured the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship as a Freshman in 1994-95.

Internationally, Drury has represented the United States three times in the Winter Olympics (2002, 2006 and 2010), capturing the silver medal in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  He also participated in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the World Championships in 2004, 1998 and 1997, and the World Junior Championships in 1996.

The Trumbull, Connecticut native signed with the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007.  He was originally a third round choice of the Quebec Nordiques, 72nd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.


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  1. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Sad end to his Rangers tenure. I had high hopes for Drury, as i’m sure he had high expectations for himself. It didn’t work out, but he’s truly a class act from start to finish.

    I’m not gonna bash the guy. He gave us everything he had.

  2. A Stamkos five year contract? Good. A Richards five year contract? Not so good.

  3. Good idea, GAB. He sure made some mistakes in his Rangers tenure, mostly with his words. But he played hard most of the time. There was just no possible way he could live up to that contract.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik on

    “Drury, 34, is a Stanley Cup Champion and the only player in hockey history to win both the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top collegiate hockey player and the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.”

  5. I’m not gonna let The Offical Drury Buyout Announcement ruin my 4th of July.

  6. Who wants to bet the Rangers immediately renegotiate to keep him around at a lower cost?

  7. Manny, I of course got Carp’d in the process even though I knew it was coming.

    I need to harness this ESP and use it for personal gain.

    I have no doubt Drury will somehow revive his career somewhere in the Atlantic Division and will kill the Rangers in the process. He and Jagr will average a PPG against us.

  8. Gift of GAB-orik on


    Agreed 1000%. Fans soured on him because of the dollars, not the effort. He had impossible expectations from the start, and it only got harder on him as time went on, and the numbers dropped off.

    But again, truly classy from start to finish, wonderful exit letter, I hope he plays somewhere this coming season.

    Hate the contract all you want, I was jumping up and down when he scored against the Devils after all that missed time from injury. You just wanted the guy to do well. At least I did.

  9. I’m gonna celebrate even more this 4th, guzzling a fifth, after hearing the good news that Dreary is gonzo.

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not going to let everyone making the 4th of July joke that I made earlier today ruin how funny it is.

  11. Classy guy, no doubt. Yet, the classier move would have been to retire, like Naslund, or take a job within the organization & collect his money…I’m not sure but, I’m willing to bet those options were presented to him…

    I don’t hate the guy, like some here. I just think expectations for him were unrealistic…he was coming of a 37 goal season when he signed here…we overpaid…

  12. Yea Noah… predicting it right on time and the getting Carp’s was a funny highlight of the day.

  13. *Doodie* Machetto June 29th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I’m not going to let everyone making the 4th of July joke that I made earlier today ruin how funny it is.

    Great retort Doodie!

  14. Gift of GAB-orik on

    You can absolutely sign a player you bought out. He becomes a UFA after the buyout, but there is no clause that says he couldn’t sign with the Rangers again for a new contract.

    Obviously we know that won’t happen, just saying, there is no rule against it.

  15. no, his lack of production is not what I’m talking about. it is his attitude that is in question. his surly countenance, and his awkwardly shy mumbling and his don’t care type comments like the “I won’t let it ruin my” etc. THAT AIN”T LEADERSHIP

  16. “Yet, the classier move would have been to retire, like Naslund, or take a job within the organization & collect his money”

    My guess is that he still wants to play or else he could have filed for the injury exemption and be put on LTIR and collect the full amount of his salary. Taking the buyout says to me that he’ll try to catch on with somebody.

  17. Doodie Machetto on

    Jagr is going to Pittsburgh. 1 year, 2 million.

    I admit I was wrong about him.

    Also, Varlamov went to KHL.

  18. It’s been awhile since I’ve been around but the news regarding Drury and the impending free agent free for all forced my hand.

    C. Drury – You are both classy and clutch and while last year was frustrating as a fan, I can only imagine what it must have been like as a Captain. Best wishes and happy trails on your next adventure.

    Looking forward to seeing what the team looks like over the next few days, cautiously optimistic we are taking steps in the right direction.

    Best to all,


  19. LOL @ Ehrhoff showing the Islanders middle finger! Just as i said last night…no way he will sign with them.

  20. any word on Tomas Fleischmann’s health. I would certainly take a 1 year flier on him as a nice compliment to signing Richards.

    Depending on what Richards signs for, the Rangers would only be able to sign someone for 3 mil max…

  21. Yup, Cross Check…and my guess is the Isles…and how is that a classy move? :P


    i’ll probably still root for Jags. Can’t help myself… I’m too much of his fan to boo Jagr.

  23. Mister Delaware on

    So basically we have like 30 hours or so to enjoy a really clean looking salary cap, right? Drink it in, boys (and girls). Drink it in.

  24. I’m not rooting for any Pens player. and I’m not rooting for Drury when he comes back in a Buffalo uni either.

  25. The way I see it, an offer sheet to Stamkos has a three-fold effect:

    1. While Tampa Bay mulls over whether to match or not (which could take a week), the holding pattern effectively takes us out of the Richards’ overpaying sweepstakes.

    2. If Tampa Bay matches, and if Richards is still on the market after a week (very likely if the Rangers are not initially in on the bidding), the Rangers can pursue Richards having a lot more leverage in negotiations over number of years and total salary.

    3. If Tampa Bay does not match, the Rangers will not only obtain a true superstar (who is still years away from his prime) but they will also be losing four 1st round draft picks, which, in effect, “eliminates” the need for some of the Rangers’ fan base to offer their “professional” and un-biased critique of Gordie Clark’s and Jeff Gorton’s top draft picks for the next four years. Think about it; no more potential busts for at least four years. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

  26. Gift of GAB-orik on

    BigBadVinny for GM! Fire Sather! Trade the Dolans!

    I like the way he thinks. GET STAMKOS!

  27. Mister Delaware on

    Its too bad Kariya couldn’t stick around for 11 more points. Round numbers are stupid and usually overrated but 1,000 is so clean and pretty.

  28. Gift of GAB-orik on

    oh wait… i just realized i live on Long Island…. not Fantasy Island.

    Garth Snow might have now also realized this after Ehrhoff said no the the Isles 6 year contract worth $5.8 mil per year!!

  29. It’s good for hockey that Jagr is back in the NHL. I can’t believe he’s getting $2m. What a steal!

  30. Gift of GAB-orik on

    He retires in the NHL, retires as a Penguin, and #68 goes to the rafters at the… whatever the hell the new rink is called.

    Fitting. Welcome back Jagr!

  31. leetchhalloffame on

    Bye bye Dreary. Don’t let the door hit you……

    P.S. Can you take Slats with you?

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    “1. While Tampa Bay mulls over whether to match or not (which could take a week), the holding pattern effectively takes us out of the Richards’ overpaying sweepstakes.”

    Why? Richards is waiting to hear all offers. He can certainly wait an extra 48 hours to see if Tampa matches an offer sheet from the Rangers because he will know full well that if we don’t get Stammer, we will be desperate for him (as would any other team that makes a Stamkos offer sheet).

    “2. If Tampa Bay matches, and if Richards is still on the market after a week (very likely if the Rangers are not initially in on the bidding), the Rangers can pursue Richards having a lot more leverage in negotiations over number of years and total salary.”

    In no way will the Rangers have any leverage. Richards would know the Rangers are willing to pay top dollar and he would know he was the only guy left on the market worth getting. He would have all of the leverage.

    “3. If Tampa Bay does not match, the Rangers will not only obtain a true superstar (who is still years away from his prime) but they will also be losing four 1st round draft picks, which, in effect, “eliminates” the need for some of the Rangers’ fan base to offer their “professional” and un-biased critique of Gordie Clark’s and Jeff Gorton’s top draft picks for the next four years. Think about it; no more potential busts for at least four years. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.”

    This, I agree with, but more important, those 4 first round picks will probably be somewhere in the 20-30 range. If we were 15 this year without Stamkos, adding him will surely push us up the ranks a bit. The way our team drafts, none of those picks would pan out anyway.

  33. No way would I boo Jagr when he comes to MSG as a Penguin.

    I still get headaches when I think that if the stupid Canadian writers didn’t sandbag the Hart Trophy vote in 2006 (voting for Thornton instead of Jagr), Jagr’s contract would’ve been automatically extended which would’ve likely meant no Redden which would’ve changed…EVERYTHING.

    Revisionist history FTW!

  34. But Gab – the converse is not true…….If we get Richards we still need Stammer.

  35. Var-LA-mov in the KHL? Really? But he looked so +elite+ against us!

    Good for Jagr. Looking forward to seeing him play. I’ll be watching a lot of Penguins this year. On mute, obviously.

    I don’t have anything bad to say aboot Dreary either. I wanted him on the team this year, so we can get him off the books next year, but what can you do? Can’t blame him for not owning up to the contract Slats gave him.

    Hopefully he signs out West. Former Rangers always burn us.

  36. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, I think the only way he can burn the Rangers is by burning their pizza.

  37. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We solved the equation. We should be SATHER.

  38. Absolutely terrific point, Noah. That single thing could have changed the Rangers fate drastically…

    Dang Canadians!! (sorry wicky!)

  39. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Subtract 91.B, Add 91.S, multiply by 12 years, times 7.5 million u.s. dollars, divide the scoring titles into seperate years, adding to the powerplay efficiency year after year, take the sum of his goals, and the average of his point totals, all while having a Ranger jersey, and it equals Stanley Cup!

  40. Gift of GAB-orik on

    It’s addition by addition.

    Stamkos will take us to the promised land.
    Richards will take us to the been here done that, lost in this round before land,
    and then probably right back to buyout land.

    And i can’t back any of that up. :)

  41. if Poti can turn into Bobby Orr against us, and PAP and Dominic Moore and Zherdev…then Dreary can definitely be a thorn in our side.



  42. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on


    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!!!!! I can’t believe we made you Captain!!!?? You had me fooled too at the time. Drury is mostly remembered here for his goal against us in 7.7 seconds and he is remembered for his little league world series win…and maybe saying he wont worry ’bout anything as he goes on his xmas break!! Messier would “SPANK HIM” for saying that!! SPANK YOU buddy bigtime!!! Bye , see yaa later , adios and good frickin ridance.

    NOW JAGR on the other hand gets a Standing Ovation when he comes here ….he left on our terms not his. We all still love Jarda!!!

  43. I could be dead wrong, I suppose. But if you ask me, there is no way(zerman) an offer sheet is coming from the Rangers to Stamkos.

  44. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Approach Stamkos with an offer sheet …best move to do right now.

    Brad Richards could make Gaborik go again…lets face it , Gaborik is a hero one year , then the next year people are calling for his head ( Grabby) . We need to build from within and taking Richards could be a big big mistake…not helping out Gaborik could be even a bigger one. Tough choice to make . Don’t screw this up Glen…

  45. Gift of GAB-orik on


    I believe you. It’s just wishful thinking on my part.

    Messier left us for Vancouver, which was a shame, though admittedly i forget the circumstances why… was it money then??
    Jagr left… well no… got pushed out, which was also a shame.
    Slats lacks the grapes to even attempt to get Stamkos… triple shame.

  46. At this point, unless a deal is made in 24 hours, it’s almost certain that some team will sign Stamkos to an offer sheet…TB’s financial problems are well known around the league…

    The Rangers would be foolish not to throw their hat in the ring…

  47. Messier was forced out. the owner griped that he was not going to keep paying for a Stanley Cup won in ’94. Carp wrote about it before.

  48. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Tony , Sather is not to fault . Drury didnt live up to his contract at all!! Drury went for the cash and his agent agreed. Who is wrong here….not Sather for excepting his ludacris contract. The market was set and Drury sat there proudly waitng on whom would be his takers. Drury not thinking that he would have to live up to the contract is the biggest neive move to make. What makes a player THINK they are worth “franchise player” money is beyond me. DRURY is full to blame and its only him and his agents fault that Drurys image is tarnished. Drury is no Jagr , Jagr is worth double the salary that Drury gets, Jagr is worth maybe 2.75 million right now and Drury is worth 700k. Maybe Drurys agent did do the right thing and get as much as he could but in the end it was his clients image that got the brunt end and the Rangers fans. TY Chris Drury.

  49. Gift of GAB-orik on

    If the Flyers do it, the Rangers should on principle alone. You can’t let Stamkos land in your division while you sit on a cigar and do nothing! BECAUSE OF PRINCIPLES???

  50. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Not going to keep paying for a stanley cup. That defines the Dolan/Sather legacy.
    Or at least the attempt to.

    Thank you for clearing that up for me though 94.

    Just adds to the list of poor decisions of pushing out guys who still had alot to give. Such as Jagr.

  51. Watching NHL Live. The highlights of Jagr (most of which were from the clutch and grab era) were incredible. I forgot how great he really was.

    I still stand by my opinion:


    No one had the talent he had while wearing the Ranger Blue. Gretzkey and Messier may have been NHL All-Timers, but they had nothing (performance wise) on Jagr. No Way.

  52. Gift of GAB-orik on

    At that point, Drury and Gomez were the cream of the free agent crop. They were both billed as #1 Centers… and market demand dictated big contracts. And both wanted to play in NY.

    So does B. Rich. Common theme… I want to play in NY (for the money!)

  53. Gift of GAB-orik on

    B. Richards benefits from being a good player in a real thin market.

    Wisniewski got what… $5 mil a season? Ehrhoff turned down $4.8 from Vancouver? Turned down almost $6mil a year from NYI (though he didn’t want to play there)

    Weak markets make players and agents lots of money.

    But yes, fault the GM, ultimately the contract decision is his.

  54. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Sather is not to blame on signing Drury . If your new boss gives you a HUGE raise and makes you foreman . Your production drops and the company falls apart. Sure you say the boss is wrong for hiring the guy but the guys credentials made him the best available player ( person for the job) The employer’s hands are tied cuz the company needs employees. When a employee becomes stale he or she get released , Drury had become stale . I say Drury is to blame for his deparchure . He failed Glen.

  55. A Not So Secret Laurel Admirer on

    JARDA!! Please come back JAJA!!!! A hero, an inspiration, a role model, a lover, a God, a perfect body, a supreme intelligence, a greatness, a legend, a superiority, a beauty, a supermodel, a mythical figure, a gigantic pen()s LOL!!!! JAJAJAJA!

  56. A Not So Secret Laurel Admirer on

    Im a Jagr fanboy w. a gigantic Jagr mancrush, but he wasnt the grreatest player to wear a Rangers sweater; not even close.

  57. I challenge ANYONE to name a player more dominant in Ranger Blue than Jagr.

    Leetch was damned close, but no.

  58. NHL on the FLY has ERIC COLE and a prime UFA target for the NYR?!?

    Whatever. I like him. But I wasn’t expecting that.

  59. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Top 3 greatest Rangers

    #1 Messier , who can argue his legacy ,Pride, heart and skill . No player loves the Rangers like Mess and me!!

    #2 Gretzky , He is the only free agent to come to NY for less . He was the best player on the team during his tenture and the one thing he said was proud about was playing his last game as a NEW YORK Ranger …he shook Jagrs hand and said its his show now.

    #3 Jagr , His domination and his team goal record set makes him a fixture in NYR history. He loved this team and it showed. One classy guy should never be booed in MSG , he is enemy now but we know he really wants to be here.

    Notable greats , Pat lafontaine ,Leetch ,Harry Howell , Phil Esposito ( haha)and Pavel Bure.

  60. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Pavel Bure and Pat Lafontaine ROCKED as Rangers!!!!

    When Bure was on the ice ..the crowd stood up!!! He was electrifying even on one knee!!! He was faster then Gaborik and could still shoot like no other.

    Lafontaine , even being an ex Azzlander was a beast here. He was so good that we actually started winning!! He was really good and we were blessed to have him then…BAM ..KO !!! wow I can’t believe how bummed out I was he was out for ever with a concusion . It still hurts to have Patty out that way and he was still soooo good.

  61. cw

    i think they said thatif NYR will sign Richards then Cole could be a good fit here as well since he is a big guy who drives to the net and then they compared him to guys like Modin from TB and Neal from Dallas, big forwards who like to drive to the net and the guys Brad Richards played and had success with.

  62. Sorry, Mess had one hell of a supporting cast. He was a better All-Time NHLer, and his legacy ac the Captain can not be denied. But he didn’t have the skill and individual ability Jagr had. Yes, he had epic moments. He could fight. He could lead. But he wasn’t the dominant skill player Jagr was. As Jagr’s 50+ goals and 120+ point season would attest.

    In the NHL pantheon, Jagr is below Gretz and Mess. Strictly wearing a NYR jersey: JAGR was a better individual player.

  63. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Wearing a Ranger Jersey , Yes Jagr was the most dominating player we have had. Hard to argue with that.

  64. $$ NYR_FAN $$ Richard$ is coming on

    LaFontaine is one my favo(u)rite players of all time! Loved him as a Ranger!! Wish he could have played longer…

  65. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    from last thread, It wouldn’t shock me to see Prust here longer than dubi. Either way, I would give him the “A” over Dubi in a heart beat.

    I wish drury the best (sadly the best captain we have had since the lock out), but I am glad to see his $$$$ off the books so to speak!

  66. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    And I think adam graves was the most influential and true blue ranger ever!

  67. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    or are we just talking about one dimensional loafers here?

  68. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    you know, for the right price gagne might not be a bad pick up. If we got him and richards and put then=m on a line with gabby we could call them the “head case” line.

  69. $$ NYR_FAN $$ Richard$ is coming on

    IMO, Leetch is the best Ranger of all time. But, Jagr’s season in 2005-06 stands alone…

  70. i loved lafontaine’s time here as well.
    So, when is the Drury buyout pizza party?

  71. Jagr had one season, won nothing, was not MVP.

    Messier and Leetch were better all-time Rangers. I don’t even think it’s close.

  72. i wouldn’t touch Gagne with a 50-foot pole. He’s a terrific player, but he makes Gaborik look like Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken. He’s got much worse head issues … and all sorts of other assorted injuries, too.

  73. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I love you man!!

    And I don’t get it either!

  74. I don’t get it either Carp. he only came here because he was a total flop in Wash. They wanted to get rid of his contract so bad they paid half of it. sure, he had a nice season with the circling of his linemates and him. BUT, one of the big reasons for it was the rule changes. that was the season that they were so strict on checking that just touching a guy was a called a penalty. they have adjusted it since then gradually to allow more battling in front of the net and more clutching in the corners. he benefited that year bigtime from the flag football type rule enforcement.

  75. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Evening ladies and gents

    the whole Drury buyout is somewhat anticlimactic since just about everyone celebrated a week ago. Congrats to him on what was mostly a pretty decent career, except for his time here. He wanted to do well here, but it just wasn’t there anymore. Good luck to him.

    “HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! Where do i sign”

  76. being old-school, I also didn’t like it one bit when he didn’t want to be the captain. and i thought he was, at various times in his career, a dog, so I never was much of a fan. … and I thought he hurt himself being selfish trying to punch Gomez in a playoff series.

    but that’s just me. The guy had unbelievable skill, was the best player in the game once Gretzky’s skills began to slide, and is one of the all-timers, no doubt.

  77. … Messier also won the Hart Trophy and had 107 points in a Presidents’ Trophy season in ’91-92, and scored 47 goals playing hurt almost the entire season, and missed the last several games, in ’95-96.

    Leetch: Two Norris, one Conn Smythe, two Presidents’ Trophies, one Cup. End of story.

  78. So it’s now official…No surprises. I, too, think that he gave everything he had every game. But he just didn’t have it anymore. And when he signed his contract (driven by the market at that moment), I’m sure he truly believed he could live up to it. And one thing he’s always done as our captain- he showed our young players how to leave everything on the ice. I don’t buy the notion that he was a bad captain. Sometimes he couldn’t express himself well when spoken to the media, but he was a good captain imo. Good buy, Chris. And good luck.

  79. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Bure had a cup of coffee in NY.

    The drury signing was a boner for sather and Drury..
    Drury didn’t have a supporting cast , hence his production was down, he also had some injuries in the end.
    Drury signed for the money period.

  80. Carp, I think what they meant was that he was the most skillful player the Rangers had. But not the best one. And not the most dominant one. You can’t compare him to Messier or Leetch in that regard, not even close. But you can’t argue that he did earn some respect for our team after it’s been an NHL laughingstock for years. That is how I will remember him. Bure- not so much.

  81. Jagr isn’t the greatest Ranger of all time. But, he sure as shyte is one of two greatest Rangers, post lockout.

    Not only did he put up good numbers, but he showed up for the playoffs, excluding his fluke injury from 06.

    Love the guy! My favorite player of +all time+ without a shadow of a doubt.

  82. LOL, I haven’t even noticed. Russian keyboard….Maybe I shouldn’t type after wearing the gloves for three hours…On second thought, it sounds fitting….

  83. leetchhalloffame on

    Practically every team has been wheeler-dealing the last week or so. Where is Slats???

  84. Carp, it’s funny, but I remember one of those times when you had to go on “vacation”, Sean Myers (sp?) was covering you. He had totally different view of Drury’s performance than you do. He was giving it to him a little bit, and I remember commenting that he was a bit too hard on Chris.

  85. Leetch- I have a feeling you’ll be very sorry when Slats wakes up on July 1st.

  86. I like the trade deadline better. Slats wakes up very late, and by the time he has his coffee and cigar, he only has aboot 15 minutes to wheel and deal, and it’s just not enough time to screw up the team.

    July 1st, he can take his sweet time, which scares me!

  87. I guess I came home too late to watch tennis, so I’m staying with you…

    Gift- the rule about teams not being allowed to sign the player after buy out was created along with no renegotiating the contract rule. It makes total sense, otherwise it would pure circumvention of salary cap.

  88. My prediction- he signs BR to a horrible contract and the blog will have an explosion for a day. After that, we will all settle, find some positives in his contract and hope for the best.

    My real worry is if BR signs elsewhere, Sather goes into panic mode and throws money around. That’s when he should really go into hibernation, imo…

  89. Oh boy….I shouldn’t have mentioned hibernation and Sather together. I think I just woke up Olga.

  90. Joe Micheletti must be so upset. That dude never went through a game without mentioning on how clutch Drury is when playing.

  91. Mike Gartner was a pretty damn good Ranger, and that one season he had was magical. Leetch is unquestionably the greatest Ranger ever. I don’t even think it is close. I’m not denying Jagr was a monster, but for me quintessential Jagr was that playoff against the Devs when the Pens finally broke thru. Jagr was amazing that series. Jagr opting not to take OT shots always ticked me off as well. Good riddance! I’ll take our homegrowns like Callie and Dubi any day.

  92. Also, Straka and Nylander played great the year that line was a force. Was one of the best all time ranger lines for a season. That I would be willing to say.

  93. Ilb, I’m more worried, he fails to sign Richards, and then panics, and tries to acquire a guy like Spezza, Weiss, etc. by trading off some important guys.

    I don’t care if we sign Richards to that long term deal, as long as it’s just like Dredden’s contract.

  94. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Jagr had a streak of prima donna in his blood,when all went his way he was fine..

  95. I’ll never understand the NYR fans that whined aboot Jagr refusing to go in the shootout.

    You’d think they’d appreciate the fact that a guy, who’s not successful in the shootout, would rather someone else take the shot. Always has to be a problem!

  96. Orr, I think NMC would be a given. I don’t think Richards signs without it. I’m hoping for heavily front loaded (first year can be up to $12.6M- 20% of total cap) with whatever drop off allowable by CBA thereafter, so they can buy him out with ease at the end.

  97. $$ NYR_FAN $$ Richard$ is coming on

    Carp, I don’t disagree with anything you said re: Jags, Mess, and Leetch…

    Jagr is one my favo(u)rite players because of his skill, dominance, and personality. I love him because he brought respect back to the franchise and did it style. I really don’t think he ever dog’d it for the Rangers…Gaby on the other hand???

    I also agree with mao! (what up, son!?) Leetch is the best of all time and it isn’t close….

  98. I don’t know, Voice. I’d think a guy with that much skill could work on being good in the shootout and embrace the challenge of stepping up for his team. And not just accept that he isn’t good at it and not try.

    ilb, the gloves? are you a boxer?

    I wore a glove today, for about four hours. Only one. And, no, I’m not M. Jackson.

    Yeah, Sean had a slightly different view. Today he pretty much said good riddance.

  99. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Jagr love , I get it …youse guys just don’t see it from a Rangers fan point of view. NY is the biggest stage and Jagr is a huge draw. Huge draw fan wise and defenders wise. Jage made other teamates open!! Jagr had attitude . He learned from Mario and knew he was dominate. We had him. Thats why we still love him. We had a piece of the Jagr pie and he did NOT dissapoint. Sure in Washington he was a goof but comming to NY is what he wanted. He scored more goals in one season then any other NYR. Thats HUGE . Thats big..what supporting cast , wow Mikal Nylander , was he a great Center..haha Jagr made him and Malik / Rozi have value. Jagr won the Pearson Carp to me thats more valuable. The whole league even Crosby and Ovetchkin knew Jagr ‘s the best . That made us the Rangers feel soooo gooood!!!


  100. The thing about Richards … if he stays healthy … he could really be a difference maker for next year and for a few years. Overpaid, yes, and that contract will look awful later. But he could be huge for ’11-12, ’12-13 (if the world doesn’t end), and maybe ’13-14.

  101. Carp, I’m not sure you want the details….

    Dishwashing gloves? There is no “fine touch”.

  102. If the Rangers were bad in the shootout in those years, then I’d probably be on your side. But, they never needed Jagr as badly as fans make it seem. Maybe that’s hypocritical of me, I don’t know.

    I hate the shootout. Especially since it’s more irrelevant than it used to be. NYR need to show some balls in OT, and go for the win, instead of waiting for the shootout. The shootout is what nearly kept them out of the playoffs.

  103. I agree with you Carp. To me, the potential reward is worth the potential risk. Your hope is that by the time Richard’s $ starts looking not so great, Stepan, Kreider, etc are ready to be worth a little more than you are paying them. I for one am hoping we get Richards big time.

  104. you can watch some future ex Rangers on NHL right now. playoff game 2 vs Caps this year

  105. cw

    the most dominating season by a Ranger of all time was Jagr in 05-06 but the most dominant player in Rangers history is Henrik Lundqvist.

    Pavel Bure is a close third even though he only played 50 games

  106. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Drury's exit was Clutch!!!"...says Greg L. on

    ty ty NYR_fan , tis true but when Jagr plays us( this season) I hope he chokes that day…

    Shoot outs are for the birds . Jagr was smart to say no. We lost game 82( no playoffs) one year in a shoot out of all frickn things…

    We need Richards , we need Stamkos … minus Drury ,Redden ,Boogaard ( Rip bigguy),and Frolov salaries and we are in cap space heaven!!!

  107. HI LInda. miss you!

    Gilroy is making some good pinches and chances in this game. not so good in his own end. I think he will find a home.

    Gaborik is nothing unless he has open ice. man he floats on the backcheck and in traffic gets blown away with one shove.

    Now that I am not emotionally involved, I see things so much clearer.

  108. Brian Leetch was the most dominating, game breaking NY Rangers player of all time. Hands down. At the bottom of this list, at around #1847 is Ryan Hollweg.

  109. Carp-izzle……what ever happened to Joe Bucchino? Is he is still in the professional hockey circle in some capacity?

  110. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    so what is the status of jagr, is he coming back or isn’t he? Where is he going?

  111. wicky….I think Jags is on his way to the USA…most likely will hear him announce that he signed with the Pens within 24-48 hours.

  112. Carp, getting back to something you said earlier, I think saying Jagr had one season and not much else is underselling what he did during his tenure.

    He played hurt all over 06-07 and still scored 30 goals in the season/playoffs. And in his last season, he had another solid season and pretty much put the team on his back in the playoffs. I’ll never forget his game-tying goal in Game 3 against the Penguins (which Hollweg wiped out minutes later) and his gutsy performance in Game 4 when they were down 3-0.

    He (along with Henrik) was something we could look up to coming out of 7 playoff-less seasons and a season lost to a lockout. He wasn’t here long and didn’t see much playoff success, but his value to the organization cannot be understated.

    I am biased, admittedly. But still.

  113. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I’d take graves’ 93-94 statistical season or mess’ 95-96 statistical season or the little ball of hate’s statistical season of 95-96 over jagr’s 05-06 “domination” (LMFAO) season any day.

  114. You mean….Jags scored his first American hottie of the summer while rolling 8 the hard way at the Foxwood’s craps table.

  115. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    after the “dark years” most of you would love sidney crosby and way overrate him as well getting back into the playoffs!

  116. I saw something tonight that still has ticked me off 4 hours later. I was watching DailyNewsLive on SNY and the topic of buying out Drury came up. Frank Isola ignorantly states, while chuckling, that Drury’s career highlight has to be his Little League Championship. I HATE non-hockey people who always need to take a swipe any chance they get at the sport.

    My two cents on Drury’s time with the Rangers has to be summed up as disappointing overall, but he did have two pretty good seasons before having a bad statistical season and then this one that was basically wiped out by injury. So, I am not here to defend Drury’s time here as anything spectacular but fair is fair. The Little League Championship is definitely something to admire but it does not compare to his hockey career, which includes:
    Hobey Baker award for best US collegiate hockey player (hockey’s Heisman)
    Calder Trophy for NHL Rookie of the Year
    Stanley Cup Champion
    3 time Olympian with 2 silver medals and
    over 600 points in over 800 games played (so far)

    I should know better to not get agitated over so-called sports analysts that are ignorant to hockey but this was an unwarranted slap to the man’s career.

  117. Cally = new captain , with B. Richards as the “A” with Marc Staal as the other “A”

  118. Oh Em Gee.

    It actually happened. I mean, I read all the reports and was really hoping for the buyout to happen, but I didn’t actually believe it would happen until it did. And now it has… and I’m scared what Darth is going to do with all that cap space.

    But… I can’t kill Drury for signing that contract, nor can I really kill him for a declining skill set. All I can do is wish him the best.

  119. LIQUID, I completely lost touch with Bucchino. He was a character. Former stickboy who ran one of the Rangers drafts between GMs. Imagine?

    I know Frank Isola and he’s a good guy, and I think a great reporter … on his sport. But I don’t believe I have ever seen him at a hockey game, ever, except one one or two of those occasions when the Knicks played in the afternoon and the Rangers at night and he was still there writing when the Rangers started. But that’s like asking me what I think of Caramelo Anthony.

    But, amen, scott.

    Spider, I see there’s no byline on that ridiculous aol/sportingnews story about Callahan. Who wrote it, Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett?

    Lundqvist the most dominant Ranger ever? Has he ever won more than five or six playoff games in one year? I love the guy, but c’mon.

    And Pavel Bure? He did about as much as Daniel Goneau.

  120. True Blue Mike on




    Brad Richards makes everyone else better. Wolski has some great talent and maybe BR can get it out of him on a daily basis. And i honestly believe the Zuke will be back for more this season, reenergized and with something to prove. Plus having Wolski and Zuke for the shootout would be nice to.

  121. wick, I love it when anybody says Little Ball of Hate. I had some really good talks with him during the playoff series, when he was scouting Rangers-Caps for Tampa (he works for Stevie Whyzerman).

  122. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    how’s it going girl? The lou like someone’s crotch yet?

  123. Prust is definitely worthy of the “A”…..but Brad Richards, if signed, will be the face of the NY Rangers franchise for the next few years. Interesting to note, Richards is a big advocate for the community type stuff which works well with the Rangers franchise, esepcially in the #1 media market in the entire world.

    Also, I wonder if the Rangers have any interest in Scottie Upshall. I think he is boys with Prust…just by reading them talk on Twitter.

    Prust – Boyle – Upshall

  124. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I always thought it was a huge mistake letting him go!

  125. True Blue Mike on

    Take out Hagelin, swap in Avery. But only for you Orr ;), since you love him so much and all

  126. Carp – Craig Custance posted it on Twitter, don’t know who wrote it.

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. We’re not signing Kaberle.

    “D, Tomas Kaberle — The 33-year-old is perhaps the most interesting free agent on the market in terms of what he’s worth and where he’ll land. He’s coming off a sound offensive season with 47 points in 82 games and now has a Stanley Cup on his resume after the Leafs dealt him to the Bruins at the trade deadline. But he received diminished minutes with the Bruins. Will a team view him as a 25-minute workhorse or an 18-minute player who can quarterback a power play? He could land absolutely anywhere, but how about he comes to New York to add experience and offense to the Rangers’ blue line? Best guess: He signs in New York.” – Dave Lozo on

  127. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    sorry Ilbzo! I am listening to the last Blueshirt Banter show!

    I am leaving work early on friday…. I hope i don’t miss all the festivities

  128. Sean Avery’s light is dimming on Broadway. Ofcourse, Avery was one of the key components of bringing some energy back to the crowd at MSG and the rest of the team played off of it. But like all good things….they eventually come to an end. Plus the fact that Torts has neutered Sean big time ….

    Maybe Avery will mature this year and buy into the whole team first mentality that Torts is preaching. And it would kill anyone if he lit the lamp more often to earn more playing time.

  129. Richards wont be the face of NYR. Blowmez, and Dreary were supposed to be the faces, but Hank’s Swedish mug was just too overwhelming, clearly.

    I don’t know if I’d give an “A” to Dublowsky, or Richards. I can’t choose.

    In my opinion, they should just go with three “A’s” like in 05-06.

    Thanks, True Blue. I’m a big Avery fan. I love it when he shoots wide, that’s the best part!

  130. True Blue Mike on




    Your 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Champions. I love dreaming.

  131. JimboWoodside on

    Sorry to see Jagr coming back to the NHL, and especially sad that he’s going back to Pittsburgh – he was great for them, won lots of games for the team, but when he left (the team was practically bankrupt and couldn’t afford to keep him), those craphead fans booed the daylights out of him. They don’t deserve to have him back.

  132. I tell you what Orr’sie….Dubi is one of those type of players that feels he is entitled. Sometimes he rubs me the wrong way….especially with the salary stuff over the past few years….

    But if i was kid like Dubi…and saw guys like Gomez, Drury, Redden and a few others get ridic contracts….I may feel disgruntled…But lets see Dubi be more consistent…..that is the name of the game.

    Even Gilroy got paid too much on that 2 year deal…..If i was prust…i would be mad as shizzle…..or even boyle…..both those guys got paid peanut shells last year.

  133. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    ya think? Shocked he didn’t win the Westminster most of the time!

  134. is jagr deal a done deal yet. i keep looking to see on tsn but no word. maybe he will change his mind and go to the wings last min

  135. True Blue Mike on

    How does everyone feel about trading for Mike Green? For example, Trade AA, Girardi and a 2nd rounder for Green and a 4th. Then sign Brad Richards and Jovanaski.



    I think we could actually make that team happen? Thoughts?

  136. Verbeek = Little Ball of Hate…for those unaware…

    eric, nope. Still not done.

  137. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    anything that gets rid of OPG might be a plus, but I’m not a huge fan of green.

    you lucky bastage, one that I always wanted and never got!

  138. _But if i was kid like Dubi…and saw guys like Gomez, Drury, Redden and a few others get ridic contracts….I may feel disgruntled_

    That’s what I’ve always said. But, it’s no excuse.

    Jagr’s last three years in Pissburgh, he had two 40 goal years, and a 50 goal year in his last season.

    I wish Butt-Chin can dog it like that!

    He put up good numbers in the playoffs, but his final year, he only had two goals, 12 assists in 16 games.

  139. AA and D. Girardi are not going anywhere. Torts wants to develop a team identity……I don’t think he wants to coach a team that is gun slinging trades or shuffling the chairs on the titanic.

    Baby steps to that coveted Stanley Cup…..pieces of the puzzle that all fit correctly.

  140. I’m not a fan of signing Jovo. I say, leave the D alone.

    Maybe bring in a 7th man. What aboot Eminger? I haven’t heard his name mentioned at all.

    Or how aboot Semenov? Third time’s the charm! Or maybe some other family member will stop him from signing.

    But, seriously, leave the D young. No need for Caber, Jovo, etc.

  141. True Blue Mike on

    We need a 7th D-man like Semenov. Or someone that can sit out for a long period of time and just jump in when needed. It can’t be one of our young guys and it shouldn’t have to be Gilory. I think Gilroy is going to leave us and have a good career somewhere else.

  142. I would totally sign off on bringing Eminger back on the cheap for a year to be a rotation D-man. I always thought he should’ve gotten more run last year.

  143. I say keep Gilroy as the 7th…but we may lose him on July 1…

    Rangers will match anything thrown at Cally…

  144. True Blue Mike on




    If the Rangers could win the Cup with nothing but NYR draft picks, that would be great… Btw that 4th line is big, 6,6.3,6.4, respectively .

  145. Like Carp said earlier i also think BR has about 3-4 good years in him, and then at that time Steps, AA, or another younger prospect will be ready to take the torch from him.

    But until then, he single-handidly fills the 2 biggest needs on this team all while having a great relationship with our coach. Barring injury and then a decline in skills there should be no way this turns out like Sathers past “dartboard UFA” signings
    I also think now that Drury is gone, this team needs a faceoff/pk specialist for the 4th line …
    I suggest Slats going after Z Konopka on friday as well. Out of the 53 players in the NHL last year that took over 1000 draws, he ranked 3rd among them!! He finished 1st in pims and 2nd in fights in the entire league. Plus he avg’d 1:32 of PK time last year

    I feel our team has 5 flaws:
    #1 center, PP QB, FO specialist, PK specialist, Heavyweight Enforcer (to cut Prusts workload)

    And all of these needs are filled with TWO signings … Richards and Konopka !!

  146. True Blue Mike on

    Btw, sorry for throwing out all these fantasy teams. It’s what keeps me sane.

  147. wicky, sorry for the late response, got distracted… and I’m doing OK. Already been through a week of 95 plus temps and it’s going to be like that again this weekend. UGH.

  148. Carcillo, or Zenon “Warrior Princess”. I’ll take either one on our 4th line. Gotta give Prust some nights off.

    He’s become a valuable guy for us. I don’t want to see him in the box all that much, unless it involves standing up for a teammate.

  149. Chris …

    Im with you on Callahan. Anybody willing to send Cally an unmatchable sized offersheet would have to be a bottom 5 team in the league. Id take all the first round picks we can get from those kind of teams. Next years draft has 6-7 incredible kids in it (3 of them being Russian).

    Id let Edmonton, NYI, Fla, or Toronto offer sheet Cally in a heartbeat to get Nail Yakupov or any other of those blu chip prospects next year

  150. Ct …

    I know, thats what im saying. We address ALL 5 of our needs with 2 signings. BR and Konopka

    After what happened with both Drury and Cally getting hurt on the PK last year, i dont want Cally or Dubi or anybody making over 3-4 mill playing the PK next year.

    Our PK should be Prust, Boyle, Konopka, AA and Feds (if resigned) or a newbie like Hagelin or Weise

  151. I wish Chris the best. I’ll always be a fan. It just sucks that after all this time playing here his most significant moment in NY Rangers History is still that goal that tied game 5 that he scored against us while he was with Buffalo

  152. Carpy….you are right….Joey Bucchino filled in at the 1989 draft and proceeded to draft Steven Rice @ 20th overall….

    I remember meeting Joe in 1984 at a friends Bar Mitzvah on the Island….I must have asked him 30 questions about the Rangers…..It was sorta like the Macauly Caukin and John Candy scene in the movie “Uncle Buck” when Caulkin rifles off question after question.

    To make a short story long….by the end of the night, Joe was hiding from me……lol

  153. RealKyper Wonder if #Sabres will match/pass #Isles offer of 6 yrs close to 33M for Ehrhoff’s service. Mr Terrence M. Pegula, welcome to the #NHL

    Isles really want the guy, huh? Air-Hoff and Streit at the point, not bad.

  154. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    id be in on konopka or rupp, resign feds, dump opg

  155. I just rewatched that vid Linda posted last night and I’m still laughing at it. Might be the best vid ever, for how funny it is.

  156. Rupp is a self professed Born Again Christian who became devoted to his faith after meeting his future wife Christi while he was playing in the OHL for the Erie Otters.


  157. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    Over Paid Girardi

    ok, never mind on rupp…go konopka!!

  158. the problem with Konopka is despite the fact that he’s good on faceoffs, he is strictly a 4th line player and well we already have a perfectly good 4th line in Avery-Boyle-Prust.

    Its not like with the game on the line, Zenon Konopka is going to be sent out for a crucial draw. He’s not a good enough player for that…

  159. Idk Oleo … The guy is pretty money in faceoffs. Plus he’s a career 4th liner/ defensively reliable pk guy. Thats exactly who i want out there to win a big draw.

    He gets a ton of pims every season which, more than likely he will be in the box anyway for that crucial draw so i guess your right

    My lineup would be:

    WW/Avery – BR – Gabby
    Dubi – AA – Cally
    WW/Avery – Steps – MZA/rookie
    Boyle – Konopka – Prust

    EC and Feds as spares

  160. Jagr is stalling the Pens now demanding more money. typical. he has not changed a bit

  161. Could u imagine Jags not going to Pitt because of money not being enuff…..

    and then signing with the Habs or Wings….

    I would look forward to the game when Jags visits Pittsburgh in this scenario…….

  162. Jágr wears the number 68, which he has worn through his entire career, in honor of the Prague Spring rebellion that occurred in Czechoslovakia in 1968, also the year in which his grandfather died while in prison.

    The guy destroyed this team in late 90’s early 00’s
    bringing in big names who were lazy and at the end of their career.
    Overpaid for freeagents, let Jagr go to KHL
    now what? we think he got smart overnight

    Most of you don’t get it, just like Sather
    Gomez & Drury were & are defensive players who could score
    not play makers ( although Drury was great on the point in Buffalo, though seldom used as
    point man as a Ranger – who knows why????? )
    Both Drury & Gomez played hard
    Drury is probably the best PK player I have ever seen

    Were they paid too much, obviously

    Did Sather even make a bid for Jagr????
    Will he make one for Stamkos?

    Sather must go!

  164. Wolski-Richards-Gaborik



    Nailed it. Replace Haglin or MZA with Eric Cole and you really have something.

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