End of the line for Drury in New York

After a couple of weeks of speculation on Chris Drury’s future in New York and question marks surrounding his health, the New York Post reports that the 34-year old will be bought out on Wednesday.

Drury took the high road on his way out, thanking the Rangers organization and the fans in an email to the Post:

“It was a great honor and privilege to be a New York Ranger for the past four years, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to fulfill that childhood dream. The Rangers are a first-class organization with great people in the hockey, public relations, team services and community relations departments.

I would also like to thank Ranger fans. They always inspired me to do the best I could in whatever role I was asked to play. Playing before them in the Garden was a thrill of a lifetime. I wish all the fans and the entire Ranger organization the best of luck in the future.”

As per CapGeek, the buyout cap hit for Drury in 2011-12 would be $3,716,667 while costing the Rangers another $1,666,667 in 2012-13.

The former Calder Trophy recipient, Stanley Cup champion, and two-time American Olympic Silver medalist was never really able to live up to the expectations that came along with the five-year $35.25 million deal he signed with the Rangers. Drury served as the Rangers captain for the last three seasons, but only appeared in 24 games in 2010-11 due to knee and finger injuries.