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NHL notes: Drury done with Rangers?

Rangers forward Chris Drury (right) celebrates a goal with teammate Nigel Dawes against the...

Rangers forward Chris Drury (right) celebrates a goal with teammate Nigel Dawes against the Penguins in New York, Jan. 5, 2009. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

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Looks like forward Chris Drury's playing days in the Big Apple have come to an end.

The New York Rangers, saddled with an unwieldy five-year, $35.25-million contract Drury signed in 2007, will cut ties with the 34-year-old when the NHL buyout period starts June 15, according to the New York Daily News.

Buying out Drury, who has an annual salary cap hit of $7.05, would save the Rangers $3.3 million against the cap. The Rangers could also buy out forward Wojtek Wolski, saving another $3.3 million.

Drury missed 58 games because of injury in 2010-11. He had just one goal and four assists in 24 games.

Lambert added to Preds staff

The Nashville Predators added Lane Lambert to their coaching staff Thursday and re-signed goalie coach Mitch Korn.

Lambert was promoted from his post as coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. In four seasons coaching Milwaukee, Lambert was 178-118-37.

"Lane is one of the best young up-and-coming coaches in the sport today," Predators general manager David Poile said. "Similar to our philosophy on player development, we believe in promoting from within whenever possible. Lane has successfully coached and mentored more than half the players on our current roster, and many more who are coming through the pipeline, so he will fit seamlessly into Barry Trotz's staff."

Irbe out in Washington

Arturs Irbe will not return to the Washington Capitals as the goalie coach next season.

The Caps said Thursday Irbe wants to spend more time with his family. His contract is set to expire soon anyway.

Irbe was goalie coach for the Capitals the past two seasons, working with youngsters Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov. He played 13 years in the NHL, going 218-236-0 with a career 2.83 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

Two more for Adams

The Pittsburgh Penguins inked forward Craig Adams to a two-year $1.35-million contract Thursday.

The 34-year-old has played the past two seasons with the Penguins after being claimed off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks in March 2009.

In 80 games this season, Adams had four goals and 11 assists.

Blues ink Nik-Nik

The St. Louis Blues re-signed defenceman Nikita Nikitin to a one-year contract Thursday.

The 24-year-old Russian, a fifth-round pick of the Blues in 2004, had one goal and eight assists in 41 games this season. He made his NHL debut in November.

Stars sign two

Forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour signed with the Dallas Stars Thursday.

Morin signed a two-year, two-way contract while Sceviour inked a one-year, two-way deal. Both played primarily with the Stars' minor-league affiliate this season.


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