Earlier today in his 30 Thoughts Column, Elliotte Friedman mentioned Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury as someone who the Flyers may ask permission to speak to about their vacant GM job.
On Insider Trading on TSN, Bob McKenzie also mentioned Drury’s name and said “what is interesting about names like Drury and Mike Futa amongst others, do they go from names that are just out there to somebody that the Flyers actually ask permission for to talk to.”
Pierre LeBrun said on TSN and writes in The Athletic that the Flyers may be down to four names and that former Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher could be the front runner.
Drury is in his third-year as Rangers assistant GM and is in his second season as GM of the Hartford Wolfpack.
From the Rangers Media Guide, “In his expanded role, Drury assists Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton on all player transactions and contract negotiations, and he is responsible for all hockey-related matters for the Wolf Pack. Drury also helps Gorton in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.”
Adam Rotter: Drury’s name is going to be a common one brought up whenever there is a GM opening. He’s still relatively new to being in management but he has a big and important role with the Rangers. I’m sure the Rangers have no interest in letting Drury speak to anyone while under contract, especially in the middle of the season and ESPECIALLY if that team is the Flyers or anyone else in their division. One of the big perks about working with the Rangers for Drury is that he can still reside in Connecticut and unless the Whalers return or, maybe, the Bruins make a big run at him at some point, what he has with the Rangers is unique. My guess is that Drury will be with the Rangers for as long as he chooses and will continue to take a big part in shaping the present and future of the Rangers.