You'd be hard pressed to find a Sabres fan who wasn't enamored with Chris Drury during his tenure, and I'm no different. Sure he left on bad terms, as he did with the Rangers but looking back I give him a ton of credit for bringing the Sabres back to legitimacy and teaching the young guys (Pominville, Roy, Vanek, Gaustad) what it takes to win.
Many of you recall his playoff heroics, specifically his game tying goal with 7 seconds left agains the Rangers as your fondest Drury memory. Myself however, I think the Chris Neil cheapshot to Chris's in head 07' was the moment I will remember the most. Why? Well the Sabres have been labeled as a soft team for a long time, and have often been criticized for not defending their own...particularly Miller at times. But the moment Neil took out the Sabres captain Drew Stafford turned around and went right after the Ottawa goon. Soon after a brawl erupted. That shows you how much Drury meant to that team, and how his team first attitude was rubbing off on the younger Sabres. He was an invaluable piece to the post lockout Sabres and his influence is still felt on this team with the guys who played along side him. It was an unfortunate incident, but one that will leave an indelible mark in my mind. Best of luck in your future endeavors Chris...and thanks for sticking it to the Rangers on the way out the door!
I'm tired of always defending Derek Roy, it's not like the guy is claiming to be a #1 center, that just happens to be his role here. But here are a few more numbers that should keep the Roy bashers at bay for at least the time it takes to read this blog. In his last full season in 2009-2010 Derek Roy recorded 69pts. That was one more than Toews, tied with Getzlaf, and one point less than Lecavalier, Datsyuk, Plekanec, and Staal. Here are their salary comparisons:
Roy 4$mil cap hit
Now I'm not saying that Roy is as good of an all around player as a few of these guys, especially since Staal, Lecavalier, Datsyuk, Toews, and Getzlaf all have their name on the cup. However his production is not so far off during the regular season, and given his cap hit he is a fantastic value for the Sabres. Given the choice I would prefer a Toews or Datsyuk over Roy for sure, but my point is that Roy isn't chopped liver, and for his price he's pretty darn good. Remember Tim Connolly is making 4.75$mil to be the #1 Center in Toronto...feel better now?
Also I just wrote a piece on Hockeytracker.net (where I am the Sabres columnist) about some unorthodox trades Buffalo could make to get under the cap, including moving Drew Stafford. Take a look here: http://www.hockeytracker....d-to-flames-and.html#more
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