‘”I knew that the decision [to sign with the Devils] would be a hockey decision.” Zubrus said via conference call. “I want to win and that’s why I wanted to come here. I believe in this team and the success they’ve had.”‘
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‘The source does confirm that a couple of weeks after a meeting between Sabres management and Drury’s agent, Mark Witkin, had taken place in Boston, that the Sabres’ efforts to consummate the deal with Drury were rebuffed by the player’s camp, with Drury’s agent telling the Sabres that Drury at that point – about six weeks into the season – would rather “concentrate on hockey” and let contract negotiations wait until after the season.’
'So this is the thanks we get as fans. We watch all the games on television, buy every ticket to each home game last season and even purchase all the new “buffa-slug” merchandise to show support. Now the team’s two biggest stars are gone? It almost sounds like the John Rigas era all over again.'
'It's believed six teams — Washington, Carolina, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Atlanta and the Islanders — have shown an interest in Comrie, who made $3 million last season…Former 67's captain Randy Cunneyworth is ready to leave the Sabres organization and is a candidate to join the Senators' staff.'
'“We’re going to be less competitive without Danny Briere and Chris Drury,” said Regier, who paused before continuing in a voice filled with emotion with a face that conveyed anguish. “But the sky’s not falling. This is a good hockey club. We’ll be good. We’ll figure out a way — somehow, some way — to be better. But people shouldn’t give up on these young men. They shouldn’t give up on the coaching staff. They shouldn’t give up on the community. The sky’s not falling.”'
'Drury and the Sabres decided early last season to meet in Boston, where Drury’s agent, Mark Witkin, is based. They discussed an extension for the pending free agent, the source said. The Sabres started the talks with a four-year, $20 million offer. Drury’s camp countered with $23 million over four years. The parties agreed to meet in the middle, the source said, on a four-year deal worth $21.5 million. Then nothing happened.'
'“We’ll have to find our way through it. There are a lot of guys on our team who can rise up and step in. I’m definitely ready to step into a bigger role.”'
'Now you know that the Sabres could have kept Drury and co-captain Daniel Briere for just more than $10 million per season in combined salary, which was about $3.5 million less per year than they received from their new teams.'
'“I don’t see myself picking up any of their merchandise, even if it is at a reduced price. They aren’t around anymore, and it’s not worth it even if they were giving it away,” he said.'
Adding Big Names Stirs Big Hopes on the Rangers (New York Times)
Blue chips (New York Post)
A bit of puck luck for Drury (Newsday)
New Rangers Drury, Gomez think New York can win Stanley Cup (White Plains Journal News)
Gomez, Drury feel part of something big (Newark Star Ledger)
Rangers won’t tip hand (Bergen Record)
New Rangers Drury, Gomez get heroes’ welcome (NewYorkRangers.com)
Monday’s Drury, Gomez interview transcript (NewYorkRangers.com)