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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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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