August 19, 2011
Drury retires after 12 seasons
By SPORTS NETWORK
TORONTO -- Chris Drury announced his retirement Friday after 12 NHL seasons.
Drury, who turns 35 on Saturday, disclosed the news through the NHLPA.
The former New York Rangers captain was bought out of his contract after an injury plagued 2010-11. Drury appeared in just 24 games because of a finger that he broke twice in different spots and arthroscopic knee surgery.
A third-round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, Drury was a persistent scoring threat, recording nine 20-goal seasons.
Drury entered the league in 1998-99 with Colorado and went on to capture the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Two years later, he won his one and only Stanley Cup with the Avalanche.
After one more season in the Mile High City, Drury was dealt to the Calgary Flames, who shipped him to Buffalo after one season. Drury helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference Finals in consecutive years (2006-07), but chose to leave via free agency, signing a five-year contract with the Rangers on July 1, 2007.
The Boston University product posted 255 goals and 360 assists in 892 career games. He added 47 goals -- including 17 game-winners -- and 89 points in 135 playoff contests.