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Chris Drury could be back on the open market come July 1.
The New York Daily News reports that Rangers general manager Glen Sather is planning to buy out the final season of Drury’s five-year, $35.25 million contract.
“He’s gone,” a source told the Daily News.
A U.S. report says the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to make a trade for the rights to unrestricted free agent Brad Richards prior to July 1, but there are no signs he’s coming or even if he’ll leave the Dallas Stars on or before July 1.
Kevin Cheveldayoff has accepted the GM position with Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise. Chicago and league sources told the Free Press on Tuesday that Cheveldayoff will leave his assistant GM post with the Chicago Blackhawks to become GM with the Winnipeg organization.
The Phoenix Coyotes have traded the negotiation rights of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Matt Clackson, a third-round pick in the 2012 draft, and future considerations.
The deal gives the Flyers an exclusive window to negotiate a new contract with the 30-year-old Russian before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
It certainly is intriguing to think former Lightning star Brad Richards has a chance to return to Tampa Bay. And Richards stoked that fire a bit on Thursday when he said he never wanted to leave Tampa and would be willing to listen if the Lightning calls when free agency begins on July 1. But can the two sides actually get together? A big hurdle was cleared last week when the Stars, in the midst of an ownership transfer, said they will not make Richards an offer. But Richards, 31, who spent the past three-plus seasons with Dallas, will be one of the highest-profile players on the market. He has 52 goals and 168 points the past two seasons.