(ESPN.COM) Former New York Rangers forward Chris Drury announced his retirement from the NHL Friday after 12 seasons.
The Rangers bought out the final year of their captain's contract in June after four seasons in New York.
"Chris is a consummate professional, a tremendous competitor and an even better person," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said in a statement after the team bought out Drury's contract. "He gave his heart and soul to the Rangers organization in his time here and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Drury, 34, was limited to 24 games last season after breaking his finger twice and undergoing knee surgery. He did not score a goal until the final day of the season.
Drury was given $3.333 million for the buyout that closed the five-year, $35.25 million deal he signed with New York after leaving Buffalo as a free agent in 2007.
The Rangers then used that cap space to sign prized free-agent center Brad Richards to a nine-year, $60 million deal.
Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, Drury began his NHL career after the franchise was relocated to Colorado. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie in 1998-99, and won the Stanley Cup with the Avs in 2000-01.
Drury played 892 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and Rangers. He had 255 goals and 615 points.