This announcement just came in from the NHLPA:
CHRIS DRURY RETIRES AFTER 12 NHL SEASONS
…veteran forward played in 892 NHL games
After being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the 72nd pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Drury went on to play 892 career NHL games with four different teams (Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers).
The union added that Drury will not be available for media interviews at this time.
I don’t blame him for waiting until after his buyout. That’s a lot of money to leave on the table. But if he’d done this before the summer, he could have saved the Rangers a lot of cap space.
Glen Sather on Chris Drury:
“Throughout his career, Chris Drury was always a great competitor, a tremendous leader and teammate, and the heart and soul type of player that every team would love to have. His commitment, determination and will to win were apparent each and every day. Those characteristics will have a lasting impact on all those who were fortunate enough to learn from Chris over his 12 years in the National Hockey League.”
Oh, geez, almost forgot (or actually did forget, but just remembered) today is the Rangers’ day on NHL.com’s 30-in-30. Some interesting reading. Check it out here.
AP photo, above.