Thoughts: Drury for Marleau

Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy has a thought today (NOTE: NOT A RUMOR) that the Rangers and Sharks should swap captains for a variety of reasons.

Marleau, 30 next season, has one year left at $6.3 million before becoming a UFA. Drury, 33 next season, is signed through 2012 at a robust $7.05 million cap hit.

The deal would make financial sense for the Rangers, jettisoning a contact that — in hindsight — is regrettable, in exchange for a pending UFA. You don’t like losing a character guy like Drury; but Marleau in a John Tortorella system could be a revelation, if the pressure of playing in New York doesn’t crush his soul.

Drury is a player that Wilson’s already pursued before as a general manager. He’s captain material;
he’s a different kind of offensive center than Marleau; and when he’s healthy, he’s been a dependable playoff performer.

Rotter: It’s finals week here so I don’t have much time to ruminate on this but this would be one interesting move to make. While I love the way Drury plays and the little things he does and his leadership are probably invaluable, the Rangers need scoring and Marleau could provide that. It is my thought that Chris Drury or Scott Gomez will be moved in some way, shape or form this summer. San Jose would be interesting for Drury too because rumors during the summer of 07 were that he wanted to sign with a west coast team and his leadership ability could be what San Jose needs to get over the hump.