Original Post: 7:25AM
Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the Rangers can’t buy out the final season of Chris Drury’s contract because of a “degenerative condition in the captain’s left knee that apparently will render him medically unable to play next season.”
Drury’s cap hit of $7.05 million will stay with the Rangers on the summer cap, but can apply for Long Term Injury Relief when the season starts:
Under terms of the CBA, the captain will have to report to training camp in September for the team physical. If Drury fails, as would be expected, he would qualify for a long-term injury (LTI) exemption when the season begins and the roster is set.
Brooks says that the Rangers would need to spend $7 million over the salary cap to get the full benefit of Drury being on LTI.
Reports last week were that Glen Sather had told Drury he was going to buy out the final year of Drury’s deal.
Arthur Staple wrote last week that the Rangers couldn’t buy Drury out if he was injured.
Just as I didn’t expect the buyout to happen, I certainly didn’t expect this. Things just got a little more complicated salary cap wise, but it does seem that Drury’s playing career with the Rangers is still over.