We all know the stories about the kid from Canada playing in the OHL who went undrafted and is now a future all-star in the NHL. We know the story about the kid from Norway who took the Swedish Elite League by storm and now is in North America on a professional contract. Of course we know about those stories because we are Rangers fans. The Dan Girardi’s and Mats Zuccarello’s of the world are hard to find, but when found can prove a valuable asset to an NHL organization.
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The run of Trumbull native Chris Drury as center and captain of the New York Rangers is over.
The Rangers bought out the final year of Drury’s five-year, $35.25-million contract on Wednesday, making one of the world’s all-time great winner an unrestricted free agent after he decided against applying for a medical exception because of a left-knee condition.
The buyout will open considerable salary-cap savings for the Rangers to re-sign free agents such as Brian Boyle and former Hartford Wolf Pack forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov and be active in the free-agent market that starts Friday, especially in the pursuit of Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, the No. 1 target of president and general manager Glen Sather.
Multiple sources have told the New York Post that Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather has informed Drury that he will be bought out of the final year of the five-year, $32.05 million contract he signed as a free agent on July 1, 2007. The same day the Rangers signed center Scott Gomez to a seven-year, $51.5 million contract, but he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on June 30, 2009 in a deal that included defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko, who started last season with the Connecticut Whale.