The San Jose Sharks have signed Tim Kennedy to a one year contract.
Kennedy was a 2005 sixth-round draft pick (181st overall) of the Washington Capitals but was traded to the Buffalo Sabres the day he was drafted in exchange for Buffalo’s sixth-round draft pick in 2006 (Mathieu Perreault). He didnt sign with the club until June 1st, 2008th, when Kennedy signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Sabres. He spent the beginning of the 2008–09 season playing for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. On December 27, 2008, the Sabres called him up from Portland and gave him the rare honor of being able to play his first NHL game in his hometown in Buffalo in what turned out to be a shootout win against the Islanders.
At the end of the 2009-10 season, after a full season with Buffalo, Kennedy’s entry-level contract expired resulting in a contract dispute with the Sabres. Kennedy went to arbitration to settle the contract dispute for the 2010–11 season. This resulted in an arbitration ruling of $1,000,000. In the dispute, Kennedy wanted a higher valued contract that was one-way to remain at the NHL level over the lesser two-way contract the Sabres were offering him that would have him split time between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate in Portland. The Sabres didn’t want to pay the additional amount, and on August 2, 2010, the Sabres waived Kennedy, and would spend the season in Portland.
Kennedy signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers for $550,000 and would stay there until the 2011 trade deadline, when he was sent to the Panthers along with a third round draft pick in return for defenseman Bryon McCabe. He was traded to San Jose last season and this season, he leads the Worcester Sharks in scoring with 30 points.
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