'Clearly, the balance of power has shifted away from the President's Trophy-winning Sabres, to their big-market rivals to the East.'
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'Along with Drury, Gomez was one of the three top unrestricted centers available when the free-agency period began Sunday afternoon. Daniel Briere, a teammate of Drury's in Buffalo, signed an eight-year deal with Philadelphia earlier in the day.'
‘Drury, 30, played in 77 games with Buffalo last season and totaled a career- high 37 goals and 69 points. He led the club with 17 power-play goals, three shorthanded goals and nine game-winning goals.’
‘Drury inked a five-year contract for $35.25 million. He will earn $7.1 million each of the next two seasons.’
'New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent center Chris Drury.'
'"When you see what Paul (Holmgren) did from the trading deadline on, we cleared the deck, went young and cleared cap space. He has done a phenomenal job,” said President/Chief Operating Officer of Comcast-Spectacor Peter Luukko. “If you look at our recent signings of Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell and now Daniel Briere, we have a fantastic future. Paul has done just an outstanding job.”'
'"We are extremely pleased to add Daniel to our roster and eager to get him into our lineup," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "We look for big things from him. Offensively, he is a player capable of doing a lot of good things. Judging by the 95 points that he scored in the league last year, we think that he is a very good offensive player and a great addition to our team."'
‘Drury, 30, is coming off a strong season in which he registered career-highs in goals (37), including nine game-winners, and points (69). Of his eight playoff goals, three were game-winners, giving him 15 for his career.’
'"Danny had many offers and lots of interest out there," said Pat Brisson, his agent. "He made sure to carefully look at his options. He is thrilled with the results."'
'His monster contract will pay an average of $6.5 million per season with a $10-million salary in the very first season.'