Whether it was with a buyout or being placed on long-term injured reserve, anyone who follows the Rangers and the NHL knew since the end of the playoffs that somehow, Captain Chris Drury would not wear Rangers blue for a fifth season.
Drury, 34, was sidelined by injuries in 2010-11, his knee was wearing down, according to John Tortorella in his post-season breakup-day meeting with the press, and the Rangers were squeezed with his $7 million cap hit. Train: meet light at tunnel's end.
It came down to the June 30 buyout deadline or a twist---would Drury, a shadow of his former self, and his agent contend that he couldn't play because of the injury, decline the buyout, and be put on LTIR. I was never sold on that option; you can check Newsday's coverage. But it was clear that the four-year stint was coming to a close, however the maneuvering and speculation spun out.
Headed over to prospect camp, we'll have reaction from Tortorella, others....