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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter LXXXII: 140-137

Today's feature focuses on centers Chris Drury, Steven Reinprecht, Dave Gagner, and Jacques Richard.

140. Chris Drury

Drury was a 5’10", 191 lb. center from Trumbull, Connecticut. The Quebec Nordiques made him their third round selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 72nd overall. He didn’t turn pro right away, instead joining the Boston University Terriers for four collegiate seasons. He scored 113 goals and 100 assists in 155 contests before graduating with the Class of 1998.

Born on August 20th, 1976, Drury joined the Colorado Avalanche for the 1998-99 season. He played four seasons with the Avs, scoring 85 goals with 137 assists and 222 penalty minutes in 314 contests. Just before the start of the 2002-03 season, Colorado traded him to Calgary with Stephane Yelle for Derek Morris, Jeff Shantz, and Dean McAmmond.

Drury skated for 18:33 per game for the Flames that season, appearing in 80 contests (team fifth). He scored a team-second 23 goals on 224 shots with a team fourth 30 assists, also ranking fourth with 53 total points. He earned 33 penalty minutes and a minus-9 rating. He earned multiple points in seven games, and was second on the club with five game winning goals. He earned three assists on October 12th in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. On October 19th, he scored two goals with an assist in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. On March 1st, he again totaled two goals, including the game winner, with one helper as the Flames set down the San Jose Sharks, 5-4. The Flames missed out on the postseason by going 29-36-13-4.

When the 2003 offseason started, the Flames traded Drury to the Buffalo Sabres with Steve Begin for Steve Reinprecht (below) and Rhett Warrener. He played three seasons with the Sabres (234 games, 85 goals, 104 assists, 130 PiM) and four for the New York Rangers (264 games, 62 goals, 89 assists, 116 PiM) before retiring during the 2011 offseason.

All-Time Statline: 80 games, 23 goals, 30 assists, minus-9 rating, 33 penalty minutes, 6.18 point shares.

139. Jacques Richard

Richard was the Atlanta Flames first ever Amateur Draft selection, going in the first round to the Flames in 1972, second overall. He was a 5’11", 170 lb. center from Quebec City, Quebec. Born on October 7th, 1952, he first made his mark with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts in 1969-70, totaling 226 goals and 270 assists in 213 regular and postseason games.

Richard made his professional debut with the Flames in their first ever game. He played a total of 74 games on Atlanta’s maiden voyage, with a team-eighth 13 goals on 165 shots with a team-seventh 18 assists, a team-worst minus-24 rating, and 32 penalty minutes. Calgary went 25-38-15, missing the postseason by 11 points.

In 1973-74, Richard tied for the NHL lead by playing in each of Atlanta’s 78 games. He lead the team with 27 goals (on 270 shots) with a team-ninth 16 assists. His minus-18 rating was the second worst mark on the club, and his seven power play goals ranked him second on the team. The Flames posted a 30-34-14 record and made the playoffs for the first time, but lost four straight in the opening round to the Philadelphia Flyers. Richard went scoreless.

1974-75 would see Richard rank fifth on the club with 17 goals on 172 shots. He also pitched in with 12 assists in 63 games played, racked up a team-worst minus-16 rating, and spent 31 minutes in the penalty box. The Flames missed out on the postseason with a 34-31-15 record.

Just before the 1975-76 season got underway, the Flames traded Richard to the Buffalo Sabres for Larry Carriere, cash, and a first round pick (Greg Carroll). After three seasons in Buffalo (155 games, 24 goals, 38 assists), he played four more years with the Quebec Nordiques (186 games, 79 goals, 103 assists).

All-Time Statline: 215 games, 57 goals, 46 assists, minus-58 rating, 108 penalty minutes, 6.18 point shares.

138. Steve Reinprecht

Reinprecht played four seasons of collegiate hockey with the University of Wisconsin. He played 154 games, scoring 72 goals with 90 assists before graduating with the Class of 2000. The 6’, 195 lb. center, was born on May 7th, 1976 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Reinprecht appeared in one game for the Los Angeles Kings after graduating near the end of the 1999-00 season. He played 60 games for the Kings in total, scoring 12 goals and 17 assists. He played parts of three seasons with the Colorado Avalanche (165 games, 40 goals, 64 assists). The Avalanche traded him to the Buffalo Sabres for Keith Ballard on July 3rd, and Buffalo flipped him to the Flames with Rhett Warrener for Chris Drury (above) and Steve Begin.

Reinprecht played 44 games for Calgary in 2003-04, and scored seven goals (team 10th) on 68 shots with 22 assists (team fifth), a plus-1 rating, and just four penalty minutes in 17:05 per game. On October 25th, he scored the game winner with an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. He totaled a season high three points on November 18th by scoring a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had multiple points on six occasions. The Flames went 42-30-7-3 and got all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Reinprecht was recovering from an injury suffered in March and did not appear.

Reinprecht spent 2004-05 with the French league’s Mulhouse, scoring 20 goals and 27 assists in 22 contests. When the NHL resumed play, he rejoined the Flames, and totaled 10 goals (team seventh) on 72 shots with 19 assists (team ninth), a plus-10 rating (team second) and 24 penalty minutes in 52 games. He played 14:49 per game, reaching multiple points in seven of them. On November 7th, he tallied three assists in a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. He earned an assist and the game winning marker on December 29th as the Flames defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-2. On Groundhog’s Day, the Flames traded him to the Phoenix Coyotes with Philippe Sauve for Brian Boucher and Mike Leclerc.

Reinprecht would go on to play three and a half seasons with the Coyotes (231 games, 51 goals, 92 assists), later playing parts of two seasons with the Florida Panthers (111 games, 20 goals, 28 assists) before taking his show on the road, appearing with the Mannheim Eagles (18 games, four goals, nine assists) and the Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers (82 games, 36 goals, 62 assists). He is signed with them through next season.

All-Time Statline: 96 games, 17 goals, 41 assists, plus-11 rating, 28 penalty minutes, 6.24 point shares.

137. Dave Gagner

Gagner, born December 11th, 1964 in Chatham, Ontario, was a 5’10”, 188 lb. center. The New York Rangers drafted him in the first round of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, 12th overall.

Gagner got his start with the OHL’s Brantford Alexanders, playing two seasons and part of a third and scoring 92 goals with 125 assists in 150 contests ending in 1983-84. He also spent a great portion of that season with Team Canada, scoring 15 goals and 22 assists in 43 games of International play.

Starting in 1984-85, Gagner split three seasons between the AHL’s New Haven Nighthawks (110 games, 45 goals, 72 assists) and the Rangers (80 games, 11 goals, 16 assists). He later played with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars (609 games, 247 goals, 287 assists) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (28 games, seven goals, 15 assists). The Leafs traded him to the Flames just as the 1996 offseason started for a third round pick (Mike Lankshear).

The Flames only employed Gagner for one season, but really got their money’s worth. Although a few seasons removed from his prime (he topped 70 points in five straight seasons ending in 1992-93), he was one of three Flames to appear in an NHL leading 82 games. He scored a team-second 27 goals on 228 shots with a team-second 33 assists, a team-second plus-2 rating, and 48 penalty minutes. He totaled four game winners on the campaign, also good for second on the team. He had 13 games where he finished with more than one point, including two goals on October 27th in a 4-1 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. On February 9th, he scored twice with an assist in a 6-1 win over the same Ducks. Despite his heroics, the Flames went 32-41-9 to finish fifth in the NHL’s Pacific Division, missing the postseason by eight points.

Gagner signed with the Florida Panthers through free agency following his season with Calgary, and scored 24 goals with 38 assists in 114 games for the Cats. He went on to play in 33 contests for the Vancouver Canucks, scoring twice with a dozen assists. He currently serves as the Director of Player Development with Vancouver.

All-Time Statline: 82 games, 27 goals, 33 assists, plus-2 rating, 48 penalty minutes, 6.33 point shares.