Update, 4:40 p.m.:
Arthur Staple at Newsday says despite the reports from Spector and Brooks, his sources are saying that nothing has been decided on Drury or Wolski. Staple did not mention Avery.
…oh those infamous sources. Not sure what to think now. Guess we won’t know until Sather makes a move or doesn’t.
Update, 2:25 p.m.:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Drury has been informed by Sather that he will be bought out.
Brooks also reports that Wojtek Wolski and Sean Avery will NOT be bought out.
…very happy to see this development. As I said yesterday, Wolski has talent and scoring ability so buying him out could have come back to haunt them.
…as far as Avery goes, if he can continue to be the player we saw in the playoffs then I think he can be a benefit to this team. If not, there will be a lot of healthy scratches or a trip to Hartford for the “Grate One.”
Jesse Spector at the Daily News reports that he has learned Glen Sather and the Rangers plan to buy out the final season of captain Chris Drury’s five-year, $35.25 million contract…
“He’s gone,” the source said of Drury.
According to Spector, the NHL’s contract buyout window is June 15-30 and buying out Drury would save the Rangers $3.3 million against next year’s salary cap, with a $1.6 million charge to the Blueshirts’ ledger in 2012-13. The salary cap is expected to rise from $59.4 million to $60 million-$63 million next seaspm.
Drury had one goal and four assists this season as he sat out 58 games with finger and knee injuries.
…get that Captain’s “C” ready for Callahan’s jersey.
…yesterday when Spector reported that Wolski would likely be bought out, I felt it wasn’t the smart move, however, a buyout of Drury has to happen. He is nothing more than a role player who will take valuable ice time away from younger players. Leadership has always been Drury’s hallmark but after watching the Rangers implode in Game 4 against the Capitals you have to question his effectiveness as a leader as well.
…this is all very sad to see. I was just a pumped as anyone when the Rangers signed Drury who was a winner at every level and every sport he participated in. Add in the fact that he grew up in Connecticut as a Rangers fan and it seemed like a marriage made in heaven. But as is always the case Rangers fans expected too much. We looked at his system inspired 35 goals a year in Buffalo instead of his career 25 goal per. And we expected a clutch goal every night, when we all know that’s not possible. Then injuries started to creep in and Drury had no chance with us. If this does happen I really hope he is able to catch on with another team.