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Drury should thank his 'immature' teammates

Mar 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

callahan.jpgSo, earlier this week, Chris Drury called out his teammates for being “immature.” 

Well, that’s a good choice of words, Chris. If you would have said something like “we need to play to our potential” or – even better – “we should honor our bloated, ridiculous contracts” then you’d be a hypocrite. Instead, you’re just comically misguided.

If anything, the New York Rangers are being saved by their “immaturity.” No doubt, the team’s two most valuable players – by leaps and bounds – are Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist (oddly enough, the only big money guys living up to their contracts). 

When you go beyond that, though, the team is scraping by because young, cheap players are carrying dead weight like Drury. In fact, let’s take a look at how some of those “mature” players are stacking up to “immature” ones.

Wise, veteran wastes of space: Chris Drury, Michal Rosival and Wade Redden

  • An astonishing $18.5 million of cap space is clogged up by these three players.
  • Drury’s points: 28; Rosival’s: 19; Redden’s: 14
  • Combined plus minus of the terrible trio: -10 and that’s because Redden is a +8 (!!!). Captain Drury has a completely mature -13 rating. That’s leadership, folks. (Only it’s leadership to the cellar.)

“Immature” players: Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Mike Del Zotto

  • Approximate combined cap hit: $5.24 million. In other words, less than Drury and Redden’s cap hits and only slightly more than Rosival’s. (Pauses for audience laughter)
  • Callahan’s points: 37; Dubinsky’s: 36; Del Zotto: 29
  • That’s right, Del Zotto has one more point than Drury. For a scant $6 million less.
  • One point in Drury’s favor: their combined plus/minus of -27. Then again, most of that comes from Del Zotto’s -23. He has a better excuse for his bad rating than Drury though; he’s 19 years old.
  • Callahan and Dubinsky aren’t just there for points, obviously, so anyone screaming “intangibles!” about Drury should take a walk.

More thoughts on the Rangers’ mess after the jump.

The New York Rangers are a mess that won’t get any better unless Glen Sather stumbles on a couple more miracle Scott Gomez-type trades. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame them for wanting to try to get the most out of their younger players. After all, when you add the terrible trio to Lundqvist and Gaborik’s cap hits, that’s a whopping $32.8 million tied up into a world glass goalie, an injury prone star and three average-at-best albatrosses.

So, Mr. Little League All-Star, the next time you feel the need to point the finger you might want to … you know, live up to your absurd contract. And since you clearly don’t have the ability to do that, there’s the smart alternative: keep your mouth shut and collect your mammoth checks.

You might want to get used to those darn immature kids, though. After all, if the Rangers are going to make it to the playoffs, they’re going to need to carry your overpaid self the whole way there.

  1. Bradford - Mar 19, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Paying a guy like he’s a 90-point player when he’s never topped 70 (and, for that matter, is over 30) doesn’t turn him into a 90-point player. It just means that you’re overpaying a 70-point player.
    If Sather had paid a reasonable amount to Drury (say, 4 million over 3 years) very few would be arguing that nobody would call his contract bloated or unreasonable. Don’t blame him for gettin’ paid – blame Sather for offering a bad contract.

  2. Mick - Mar 19, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    I remember Sather when he was in Edmonton, stating the fact that if he had the budget the Rangers have, he would never loose a Stanley Cup….. Hmmm Glen your not as smart as you once thought…

  3. William - Mar 20, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    YES!!!Thank you James for being so poinient and concise about the entire situation. Theres no reason for Gaborik to over extend but Henrik has to. Many have said this is about Avery.. Torts and Drury should go work for TSN.
    James you need to be on every Sunday.. hockey needs a football style Jay Glazer.. keepin it real type of analyst that focuses on this sort of thing. It’s alllll about money.. and heart.. haha cant forget the heart!
    Thanks man,
    -Rangers fan (General manager applicant)

  4. christopher paulucci - Mar 20, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    You are right on point about Chris Drury. He was good in the Olympics but we needed him to raise his game when he came back. That means carrying his team. It did not happen. So first things first. Fire Glen Sather. Jim Dolan should sell the team because the only thing he cares about is the Rangers making the first round of the playoffs and the Garden being filled with fans. It does not matter that the product that is being produced is not at the level of the Pens, Devils or Caps. One more thing is get shooters and two more people who can play good defense and protect the zone. I went the Pittsburgh game against the Rangers a month ago. Here is the reason why we are in the mess. Shots on goal- Pitt 55, Rangers 16. Signing off Dissapointed Ranger Fan

  5. VinnieBK - Mar 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I couldn’t agree anymore. Chris Drury should STFU. He hasn’t lived up to his contract and he has the nerve to call them out when they are actually giving the Rangers a chance to win with King Henrik at the lead. Sather needs to go and the new guy in charge needs to give up these Albatrosses even for peanuts. Get some great defensive guys to join Del Zotto and Staal and a even younger blood on offense.

  6. Johnny - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    The first and foremost thing we need to do is fire Glen Sather. He must not obviously remember that comment he made in Edmenton, he hasn’t done a real good job (desides the Gomez trade and not picking up any Mercenaries [like Kovy] at the trade deadline)
    Another thing is Torts needs to loosen up and let Avery play Avery’s game (the antagonistic defensemen – one of the reasons that everyone in the NHL besides Rangers fans hate him)
    For next season you’ll need to send Rosival or Redden through waivers (twice to terminate their contract – not like anyone is going to pick them up) to free up cap space, give Callahan the C and send Drury to some BS team like the Canes or Ducks or something for a decent 2nd/3rd-liner Center
    Cally, Zotto and Dubi are excellent and we should keep them (but if it comes down to it Dubi and Girardi are expendible while Cally, Zotto and Staal arent)
    All in all Drury needs to shut the hell up

  7. WRK - Mar 21, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    Sather is the Isiah Thomas of hockey…absolutely no clue how to build a winning franchise…I watch this as my cable bills get higher and higher all while losing channels as cablevision fights ‘corporate bullying’ on my behalf….it hurts to be a fan of a team the Dolan’s own.

  8. Steve - Mar 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    You are right in comparing Sather to Isiah. Although don’t think the Pens have somehow figured out how to run a great organizations. They had to be terrible for years before getting all those top picks. If you want to think of a team to model, pick Detroit. Eighteen years in a row in the playoffs and never a top 10 pick. That’s good management. Why can’t NY compete with the big “D?” Their both original six teams. Heck, even Chicago’s figured it out.

  9. WRK - Mar 22, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    Yes, Detroit is a good example, the Devils as well. All these teams do is win, win and win some more. Sather is the problem and seems to have been given a lottery ticket from Dolan as he keeps collecting a paycheck without having a job to perform.

  10. kevin p - Mar 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Sather had an impressing career with the Oilers. But wait a second look at the team he had. Anyone would have won with a team that stacked. As for captain chris Drury… First of all I feel the captain of the New York Rangers shouldn’t be camera shy, I don’t care how good he is on the pk, so was Betts andim pretty sure his contract was much lighter. Sather should of kept him and traded Drury at the same time as Gomez and who knows maybe landed the garden a guy like Heatly or Kovulchuk. All I know is NYC needs a real captain a guy like Joe Thornton would be ideal scores,sets up, and can play physical when the time is needed he may be 30 but that’s the same age Mess was when he came to NY. Regardless a new Leader should be on this team in october.
    Let’s go Rangers

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