Rangers Sign Tim Kennedy

The Rangers have signed ex Sabres forward Tim Kennedy.

The 24 year old, 5’10 forward became a UFA after the Buffalo Sabres bought his deal out after accepting an arbitration award in the region of $1m earlier this summer.  Kennedy had a solid rookie year for the Sabres scoring 10 goals and 26 points and can play both left wing and center. Terms of the signing have yet to be disclosed but the deal has been reported on twitter by beat writers Andrew Gross and Steve Zipay.

The signing is by no means a bad one but an odd one. You have to assume that Kennedy would be a bottom 6 player for the Rangers, an area where the Rangers have an abundance both in New York and Hartford. Kennedy does have upside however, prior to his solid NHL rookie year he had an excellent year in the AHL where he put up 67 points for Portland.

Hockeys future had this to say about Kennedy:

His defensive zone play and willingness to take the body have remained strengths, and he showed good leadership ability with his college team.  Though not a pure scorer, he is an opportunistic and smart offensive player, with good fundamentals.

His signing is surely the final nail in the Brian Boyle coffin and Kennedy does seem to have offensive upside even if he doesn’t have natural goal scoring ability. Kennedy in NY also makes the future of players like Dane Byers murkier. After all, where can they all fit? While an odd signing at worst  this is another low risk high reward signing by Sather as Kennedy costs nothing but dollars and could surprise with his talent. Training camp competition just got a little more fierce.

Update (Dave): James Mirtle is reporting that the deal is a one year, one way deal at $550k. The Rangers now have 11 C/LW on the roster.

11 Responses to “Rangers Sign Tim Kennedy”

  1. Dave says:

    This is definitely the nail in the coffin for Boyle. It may also spell the end of the Todd White debate, as the Rangers are now fairly stocked on LW and C (Dubi, AA, Drury, Prospal, Avery, Frolov, White, Boogy, EC, Boyle, Kennedy).

    Of course, there could be a trade coming?

  2. Mikeyyyy says:

    Hope no one bought a Boyle jersey.

    This training camp will be awesome. With all these people fighting for spots. It’s going to be pandamonium. :)

  3. Section 121 says:

    Now I think a trade is even more emminent…

    I think rozsival and gilroy are at risk

    avery, white, and boyle too

    Although, I don’t know who could be packaged into something and who will just be demoted.

    • Dave says:

      Why Rozsival and Gilroy? Kennedy doesn’t play defense, and the Rangers are fairly short on defense if Redden is truly destined for Hartford/Europe.

      • brian says:

        white has negative value if not only did they have to take on brash to rid themselves of him but also rissmiller

      • Section 121 says:

        I know kennedy doesn’t play D

        I’m just not so sure about Redden and the cap until I see it, that’s all. It just looks like there’s alot of excess players on the roster and I think mgmt has plans to move some players.

        Believe me, I would rather keep rozy and gilroy and demote redden but I’m just not so sure that will happen.

  4. jerry says:

    i agree i think the trade winds are blowing in.

  5. jerry says:

    but i think they wait till training camp is well under way.

    • Dave says:

      Right, I think they are going to wind up dealing someone who just doesn’t fit in with the system. I would actually expect Boyle to go.

  6. Fotiu is God says:

    Spot on, man, per usual.

    A Buffalo-boy, Kennedy’s got great heart. (Think of him as a bantam-sized Bobby Clarke, gap included.) I like the pickup. As you opined, this addition does nothing to effect Dane Byers’ development, or chance with the big club. He’ll earn it in camp.

    Torts gave Boyle a pretty good look. More, I watched him as an extremely raw if underwhelming member of the Kings. Now he either sticks as our number four-C; or, more likely the number two with The Wolfpack.

    Next, I see Slats packaging Gilroy, Redden and perhaps one of the bottom six forwards in another trade, likely with a Western Conference team.