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.

Do you want to see Drury back? Let us know in the comments below…

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  • helene

    It’s definitely time to move on. Can’t wait for my man Callahan to get the captaincy.


    Its said to say that the magic is just not there anymore. Hate to see such a hard worker depart but his spot needs to be filled with a younger player. Give the ‘C’ TO RYAN CALLAHAN

  • John

    i love drury but it’s time to move on…i don’t think they can afford him even as a 4th line PK/faceoff man at this point…they need more production from every spot on the roster.

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