The news is flying fast and furious in the last hour or so around the NHL:
---The New York Rangers have announced they have bought out the contract of Chris Drury. He's got a degenerative knee condition so I say the Sabres should look elsewhere but it will be interesting to see how tempted they are to put Drury in the Mike Grier-Rob Niedermayer role -- if Drury is even healthy enough to do it. This New York Post story includes a statement from Drury thanking the team and New York fans.
---Concussions have forced Blues center Paul Kariya to retire and he issued some blasts on his way out the door at the NHL's headshot policy. "[Sidney] Crosby is a perfect example," said Kariya. "You have the best player in the game playing on a the same team as a guy (Matt Cooke) who is ending guys’ careers with those kinds of hits."
Kariya's biggest blast was saved for Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta, whose blindside elbow on Dec. 27, 2009 was the final blow to Kariya's career. (Take a look at the clip below)
“The first concussion I had, on a brutal, blindside hit, the guy got a two-game suspension. That was in 1996," Kariya said. "The last one, from Kaleta, was exactly the same play, and he doesn’t get anything. If you start at 10-game suspensions and go to 20, that sends a message to the players. But if you start fining the owners and suspending the coach, then it’s out of the game."
---Williamsville native Todd Marchant has announced his retirement from the Ducks. Marchant, who won a Stanley Cup in 2007 and brought it home to the then-Amherst Pepsi Center, will stay on as the team's director of player development.
---Also: Semyon Varlamov is choosing to play in the KHL rather than return to the Capitals; The Lightning re-signs Dwayne Roloson for one year, $3 million; the Islanders say they won't reach a deal with Christian Erhoff and the Canadians traded the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski to the Blue Jackets.
AND HERE'S ANOTHER NECK-BUSTER: I was in Rochester at Pegulapalooza II so I'm just catching up to it. The Philadelphia Daily News is laying out a scenario where the Flyers bust out an offer of 13 or 14 years and $100 million for Tampa Bay restricted free agent Steven Stamkos. Holy cow. So can they keep Danny Briere too or does he have to go to a team that needs a center in, say, the 716 area code?
Wow. And we're still about 44 hours from Friday at noon. Stay tuned.
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