Rangers cut ties with Drury

New York Rangers center Chris Drury celebrates after he scored against the Philadelphia Flyers in...

New York Rangers center Chris Drury celebrates after he scored against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York in this April 9, 2010 file photo. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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NEW YORK - The New York Rangers have bought out the final year of captain Chris Drury's contract.

The 34-year-old forward will become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

"Chris is a consummate professional, a tremendous competitor and an even better person" said Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather. "He gave his heart and soul to the Rangers organization in his time here and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Drury signed a five-year contract with the Blueshirts on July 1, 2007. In his four seasons as a Ranger, Drury registered 62 goals and 89 assists.

He endured an injury-riddled 2010-11 campaign that saw him appear in just 24 games because of a finger that he broke twice in different spots and arthroscopic knee surgery.

Drury has collected 255 goals and 615 points in 892 career games with Colorado, Calgary, Buffalo and the Rangers.

The Connecticut native won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.


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