Drury will be free to sign a one-year contract with any team requesting his services, though Larry Brook at the Post said he may return to play in Buffalo.
The Rangers will be charged $3.7 million this year and $1.7 million next year for the buyout, and save $3.3 million this year, which could go a long way in signing a top-line center.
“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,” Drury said in a statement that was sent to The Post by e-mail. “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.”
Drury, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2007, finished his Rangers career with 69 goals and 151 points in 264 games. His best season on Broadway was his second in 2008-09 when he finished with 22 goals and 58 points.
Classy move by Drury. I think by taking the buyout, fans will remember him a lot more fondly than if he had stayed on LTIR.
Amazing to think on opening night 2007, fans at the Garden were chanting ‘We Want the Cup,’ and now the two biggest reasons for that chant, Drury and Scott Gomez, are both playing in different cities, neither finishing out their respective contracts and Rangers fans everywhere still Cup-less since 1994.