NHL Rumor Wire – May 2nd, 2011

Boston Globe, Kevin Paul Dupont writes that if the New York Rangers buy out the final year of Chris Drury‘s contract, he will attract a lot of interest. Kevin also thinks the Boston Bruins will be one of the teams interested, if Mark Recchi retires.

From Kevin Paul Dupont (Boston Globe)

Talk along Broadway is that the Rangers are considering a buyout of the final season of the five-year, $37.5 million pact Chris Drury signed as a free agent. If so, Drury, who will be 35 in August, will draw a total $3.34 million over the next two years and could sign anywhere as a free agent. Versatility and short money ($700,000?) could make him a valuable pickup in many cities, especially here if Mark Recchi retires . . .

The Chicago Blackhawks will tinker with roster this off-season, now that they do not have salary cap pressures. Last season, the Hawks had to trade away some valuable roster pieces from their Stanley Cup winning team.

From Chris Kuc (Chicago Tribune)

General manager Stan Bowman purged 10 players from the Cup-winning roster to make ends meet, but he has a little more flexibility — and fewer big-ticket items — this time around.

“Fortunately, we’re not in the crunch we were in a year ago,” Bowman said. “We still have decisions to make, and there are going to be some changes. … We need to bring in a few new faces, some players will move along and some young players will come up.

“We want to make some improvements, but we don’t have the mandatory moves that the salary cap dictated.”

Last season, the New York Rangers sent defenseman Wade Redden to the AHL to free up cap space. On July 1st, his cap hit returns.

From Adam Rotter (SNYRangersBlog.com)

At Newsday, Arthur Staple writes about Wade Redden and how he will return to the Rangers salary cap on July 1st.

Staple spoke to Redden’s agent Don Meehan who said that he hadn’t discussed retirement with his client.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have some work to do this off-season. Pending free agents make pitch to stay with team.

From Josh Yohe (Trib Live)

Winger Pascal Dupuis, like Talbot, helped the Penguins claim the 2009 Stanley Cup and would prefer to continue his career here. A versatile forward capable of playing on any line, Dupuis might receive a raise from his current salary of $1.4 million per season come July 1, when any NHL team can make an offer. With about $55.4 million of payroll already invested in next year’s roster, Shero simply might be unable to retain Dupuis, a terrific penalty killer who scored 17 goals this season.

“I want to be a part of this team for the long run,” Dupuis said. “My agent’s going to talk to Ray.”

Mike Rupp and Craig Adams, standouts on a terrific fourth line, are more likely to return. They both played at reasonable salaries last season — Rupp earned $825,000 while Adams received $550,000 — and are both eager to return.

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Tags: Boston Bruins Chicago Blackhawks Chris Drury Mark Recchi New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins Wade Redden

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