Yesterday, New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced the signing of Left Winger Tim Kennedy.
Kennedy was a sixth round draft choice by the Washington Capitals in 2005 right out of High School. A highly touted prospect, Tim proceeded to spend three seasons at Michigan State University scoring 105 points in 113 games. Even accumulating a 20 goal season his Junior year. After college, Kennedy turned pro and played a season in the AHL for the Portland Pirates netting 18 goals and scoring 67 points in 73 games. He even grabbed a point in a total of 5 games in their playoffs. The following season (last season) Kennedy made the Buffalo Sabres‘ squad and played in 78 games scoring 10 goals and assisting in 16 more for a pretty respectable rookie season. Going into the postseason, Tim was more productive scoring 4 points in the Sabres’ only 6 games in the playoffs.
The Rangers and Kennedy agreed on a one-year deal at $550,ooo with him becoming a Restricted Free Agent next offseason.
Personally, I like the acquisition of Tim Kennedy as he shows great promise, but I just don’t understand it. I’ve gone over how we don’t have any room for our own prospects, let alone new players. You remember those young prospects that we have? You know, the ones even Sather himself publicly advertised that we’d use in greater detail this year? Maybe we’re just signing a large amount just so we can cut ourselves down to a more talented core team.
Sather only knows.