As July 1st approaches, it is looking more likely every hour that Chris Drury will not be returning to the Buffalo Sabres. While everyone should agree, Chris Drury is an absolute warrior, and he goes to battle for his team every night he hits that ice. He is an unbeleivable leader and a fantastic captain, but putting all that aside, it is not the end for the Sabres if he walks. There are other players out there who may not be able to replace Drury's leadership and tenacity, but can replace his production on the ice. Drury's price is at about 6.5-7 million dollars a year right now and lets face it, that is just not how the sabres do business. I don't blame them because I feel that is way too much for Chris Drury. Drury is a solid second line center who will get you 65-70 points a year, and 6.5 million dollars is a little too much for that production. I feel that everyone is getting to carried away with the whole leadership factor with Drury and they are over looking the fact that his numbers do not equal up to what he's "worth" right now. Yes, a team will probably over pay for Drury's services and that is great for Chris and his family, but that team will not be the Buffalo Sabres. As I said before, Chris was a phenominal leader and captain for us, and it was aprreciated by every Sabre fan, including myself, but it maybe time to start looking in a different direction to fill our 2nd line center spot behind Briere who i feel will be resigned any day now. Some players I had in mind were Michael Nylander, Robert Lang, Bryan Smolinski, and Peter Forsberg. All of these players would fit in nicely with the Sabres. All while saving us money to go out and bolster our defense that needs it so bad. Just think, we can go out and get Scott Hannan or Corey Sarich or maybe even Sheldon Souray, who knows. But when its all said and done and if Chris Drury is not a Buffalo Sabre next season, the Sabres will still be competing for 1st place in the northeast division because the Sabres have to much young talent to call in the end.
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