According to 610 WIP’s Howard Eskin, Chris Drury could be in the Philadelphia Flyers plans.
Eskin reports that while the Flyers are keeping an eye on the Steven Stamkos contract negotiations in Tampa Bay that Chris Drury could possibly be their “backup plan.”
Chris Drury had the final season of his contract bought-out by the New York Rangers on June 29th, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Drury is just another player in a long list of big-time free agent bust for the New York Rangers. In 2007 Drury signed a 5-year contract worth over $35 million dollars. Oddly enough, the Philadelphia Flyers signed his then teammate with the Buffalo Sabres, Danny Briere that same off season. There were rumors that the Flyers were interested in Drury then, but decided to go with Briere instead.
Aside from last season, Drury was relatively healthy during his time in New York, missing only 5 games in his first three seasons with the club. Drury’s numbers have steadily declined, after scoring 25 and 22 goals in his first two seasons with New York; he’s scored only 15 goals combined in the last two seasons. An injury-plagued 2010-11 season saw Drury score only once in 24 games.
Drury may have a degenerative condition in his left knee, one that could keep him out of the entire 2011-12 season. The possible injury put a buyout of his contract in jeopardy early last month. However, Drury decided to agree to a buyout nonetheless.
Drury is reportedly due to have a physical soon to determine how serious the injury to his left knee is. Still, it’s hard to believe the Flyers see Drury as a “backup plan” to the likes of Steven Stamkos. Acquiring Stamkos is still a pipe dream, going with Drury as the ‘backup plan” is huge step backwards, considering the state of Drury’s health and recent downswing of his production on the ice.
Drury, when healthy has tremendous talent, and would be a great addition to any team. However, the cons far outweigh the pros at this point.