News: Rangers Sign Tim Kennedy

Update: 4:10:PM:

The Rangers have announced the signing of Kennedy with a press release which is after the jump

Update: 1:34PM:

Nick Kypreos tweets that the deal is one year and $550,000.

…50K over the league minimum.

While it may seem a little low, he also gets the $333,000 from his Sabres buyout. I hope opening night in Buffalo he takes it to them

Update: 1:25PM:

Gross, citing the Buffalo News writes that Kennedy’s deal is one year, one-way deal for $550,000.

That means he likely has a roster spot, or they could lose him to waivers if they choose to send him down. He is a depth guy and another low risk NHL player who can hopefully surprise or at least play well when he gets his chances. Sean Avery should be worried about Tim Kennedy. That is a spot up for grabs.

Update: 12:23PM:

Craig Custance writes that Kennedy hasn’t yet signed with the Rangers but the talks are “going pretty well” according to his agent.

Update: 12:03PM:

Jesse Spector tweets that he has come to terms and that an announcement will come later.

Update: 11:53AM:

He did score this pretty awesome goal while with Michigan State

Update: 11:48AM:

Kennedy played with Brandon Dubinsky, Matt Gilroy and Chris Kreider at the World Championships in May. He skated on the fourth line with Kreider.

…Seems like a guy that they can swing in and out of the lineup. Gives them a nice defensive option for the bottom six with at least a little scoring pop

Update: 11:46AM:

Gross writes that the move could be announced later today.

Update: 11:33AM:

Andrew Gross tweets that the rumors of Tim Kennedy to the Rangers are “legit”

…It’s another body to add into the mix which is a little strange, but he is only 26. He will probably be someone to add into the mix for the bottom six but maybe he has more potential. A lot of reading has him pegged more as a defensive forward. Maybe he is the spare forward or someone who plays in Hartford. Two way deal here would be very necessary.

Update: 11:18AM:

…Is this like, I am planning to see Bruce Springsteen on the next tour? I mean, I intend to but there is no confirmation that it will happen. The “planning” part of this is what is getting me.

Original Post:

According to a report out of Buffalo, via Beyond The Blueshirts and Pro Hockey Talk, recently waived and bought out Buffalo Sabre Tim Kennedy has told a sportscaster in Buffalo that he is planning to sign a one year deal with the Rangers.

…This is the first I am hearing of this but we will see. The report in Buffalo says that Kennedy told the sportscaster personally. I don’t know how you get more personal or a better source to confirm that than the player himself.

In his rookie season in Buffalo last year he had 10 goals and 16 assists.

He is 5-10, 176 and is a Buffalo Native.

Previously he spent three seasons at Michigan State and then one in the AHL where he had 67 points

Kennedy was waived and bought out after receiving an arbitration award of $1 million a season after he made $635,000

PRESS RELEASE

New York, August 30, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Tim Kennedy.

Kennedy, 24, skated in 78 games with Buffalo in 2009-10, registering 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points, along with 50 penalty minutes.  He recorded two multi-point performances, and registered a four game scoring streak from March 26 to March 31.  Kennedy also tallied three game winning goals for the Sabres (October 28 at New Jersey, November 30 at Buffalo and March 29 at Boston).  In addition, he appeared in six postseason games with the Sabres, recording a goal and two assists for three points, along with a plus-three ranking.

In 2008-09, the 5-9, 175-pounder, appeared in 73 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 18 goals and 49 assists for 67 points, along with 51 penalty minutes.  He collected three points (one goal and two assists) in his first game with the Pirates, a 6-3 win over the Manchester Monarchs on October 11, 2008.  Kennedy recorded a nine game scoring streak from October 11, 2008 to November 5, 2008, registering three goals and 11 assists in that span.  In addition, Kennedy skated in five postseason contests with the Pirates.

The Buffalo, New York native played three years at Michigan State University, 2005-06 to 2007-08.  He played in 113 regular season contests, recording 42 goals and 63 assists for 105 points, along with 130 penalty minutes.  Kennedy recorded the game tying goal and an assist on the game winner as Michigan State defeated Boston College in the 2007 NCAA Championship game, and was named to the all-tournament team in the Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four.  He led the Spartans in scoring in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, recording 43 points in each of the two seasons.

Kennedy played two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), 2003-04 and 2004-05, playing in 110 regular season contests, recording 39 goals and 41 assists for 80 points, along with 154 penalty minutes and a plus-39 ranking.  In 2004-05, he played in 54 games, tallying 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points, along with 112 penalty minutes and a plus-26 ranking.  In addition, he appeared in 20 playoff contests with the Musketeers, registering eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points, along with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-24 ranking.

Kennedy was originally Washington’s sixth round choice, 181st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.