'He appeared genuinely tickled to be in Calgary, to have left Buffalo behind.'
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'"We identified Chris Drury as someone we feel very strongly can be a very important core contributor to this hockey club going forward. Then it was a question about how we could acquire him."'
'He's always had a way of rising to the big moment. He's one of the game's top clutch players come playoff time. All the Sabres are asking is that he get them there. I'd say their chances just got a lot better.'
Drury, a restricted free agent, apparently priced himself out of Calgary by demanding more than the Flames qualifying offer of $2.5 million US. Drury and agent Mark Witkin reportedly came to the table asking for something on the order of $4 million.
I play in Colorado, they tell me they like me … and I get traded. I play in Calgary and, at the end of the season, the GM tells me he likes me … and I get traded. I just hope my fiancee does not tell me she likes me, he quipped.
We certainly had not asked for a trade but it seemed to be going that way anyway. To get traded here, he added, just makes it that much more acceptable.
'"(Ballard) is a well-gifted, all-around defenseman," Avalanche vice president of player personnel Michel Goulet said. "He skates extremely well and is expected to be one of the top defensemen in college hockey as a junior this season and was highly regarded by our scouting staff."'
In a move designed partly to balance their budget for the coming season, the Calgary Flames traded centre Chris Drury and left winger Steve Begin to the Buffalo Sabres yesterday for defenceman Rhett Warrener and centre Steven Reinprecht. The move was precipitated by the Flames inability to sign Drury, 26, to a contract extension. Drury, who was earning $2.5-million, was seeking a raise in excess of $4-million a season.