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Chris Drury retired from the NHL on Friday after 12 seasons, unable to hook up with a new team after the New York Rangers bought out the final year of their captain's contract in June.
During the NHL's annual buyout period, teams like the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers parted ways with veterans with big, long-term contracts. But among Chris Drury, Sheldon Souray and other big names, the Washington Capitals went through the process with 30-year-old defenseman Tyler Sloan on June 30.
Brad Richards impatiently waited for this day, the day he could finally pick a new team from a whole slew of suitors.
How's this for a change of pace? While the NFL and NBA are embroiled in labor disputes that threaten their upcoming seasons, NHL clubs are gearing up to spend more money on salaries than they have since a lockout canceled a full campaign six years ago.
The Rangers bought out the final year of captain Chris Drury's contract on Wednesday, making the veteran forward an unrestricted free agent after four seasons in New York.
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Rewind two seasons and there were the Capitals, a young team trying to win the franchise's first playoff series in 11 years. After two games at home, they were down 2-0, and then 3-1 after four. But they still managed to come all the way back to beat the New York Rangers.
With the season on the line, Rangers captain Chris Drury returned to the lineup for the first time in two months Saturday and scored his first goal on his first shift.
Terry Pegula has the NHL's approval to purchase the Buffalo Sabres. There's no doubt the team's fans are on board, too.
Rangers captain Chris Drury is out for four weeks because of a broken left index finger.
It has been nearly three and a half years since the Washington Capitals gutted their roster by trading Jaromir Jagr and, eventually, several of his high-priced teammates.
It seems only fitting that he announced the end of his athletic career while this year's Little League World Series is being played in Williamsport, Pa.
And in typical fashion for the soft-spoken Drury, the statement said he wouldn't be available to discuss the decision to hang up his skates.