KUKLA’S KORNER: reports NHL veteran forward Chris Drury has officially announced his retirement after 12 NHL season with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and NY Rangers. In 892 regular season games, Drury had 255 goals and 615 points, and in 135 playoff games netted 47 goals and 89 points. He was NHL rookie of the year in 1999, and won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Drury also garnered a reputation as a strong, respected two-way player. His physical style of play, however, caught up with him, as a degenerative knee injury forced his retirement at age 34. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him working as a scout, coach or in management someday.