Tortorella Uncertain Over Aging Drury’s Future With Rangers
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — On a day when a lot was said, it was what wasn’t said by the Rangers that reverberated the loudest.
Two days after the Rangers’ season ended, the team gathered at its training facility to meet with coaches and the media. One of the bigger questions surrounding the team is whether 34-year-old captain Chris Drury will return next season.
“This is something, honestly, that we have to look at as far as where does he fit now,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “We are going young. With older guys, those are conversations that we have to have as we continue here for the next few months.”
Drury was sidelined for two months after a knee injury in February that required surgery. He returned and scored a goal in New York’s regular-season finale — a 5-2 win over New Jersey on April 9 that put the Rangers in the playoffs.
“Dru is getting older,” said Tortorella. “That’s why he has this chronic knee. It’s certainly not my total decision but I have my thoughts.”
If the Rangers decide to buy out the remainder of Drury’s contract, he would become a free agent and New York would be on the hook for a $3.7 million cap hit next season and a $1.6 million hit in 2012-13.
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