Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Drury for Marleau?

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy comes up with the thought (not rumor) of San Jose Sharks captain Patrick Marleau being traded to the New York Rangers for center Chris Drury.

On why this makes sense for the Rangers...

"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."

Marleau had 38 goals, 33 assists and was a +16 last season for the Sharks.

...the only reason this makes sense for the Sharks is if they're trying to shake things up after yet another playoff flop. This is a winning situation for the Rangers cap and personnel wise.

...i hate to say this about Drury because he does play hard every night but his time with the Rangers has been a disappointment. The Rangers haven't gotten out of the second round of the playoffs in his two years, while his clutch goals have been few and far in between. Not to mention his contract. But that's on Sather.

1 comment:

King Byrne said...

I would like this move. If Marleau works out, then he could be resigned, and if not, all that money is off the books. We could use a good goal scorer like Marleau.

If Sather does this, he would have even more of a reason to sign Betts for a few years. I don't know if Marleau kills penalties or not, but Drury was always one of our top PK guys, and it would be terrible to lose both of your top PK guys in one year.