Rangers ship Kennedy to minors

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Rangers didn't give forward Tim Kennedy much of an audition, sending him to the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

The Rangers, who agreed to terms with the free-agent forward on a one-year deal at the end of August, did not dress him in New York's first two regular- season games. Kennedy had posted two assists in four preseason contests.

It is another chapter in a strange odyssey for the 24-year-old Buffalo native.

His hometown Sabres waived and bought out Kennedy's contract after he was awarded a $1 million, one-year deal from an arbitrator earlier in the off- season. The buyout was worth $333,333 over the next two years, and Kennedy became an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement states that a team cannot walk away from any free-agent contract given through an arbitrator's decision that is lower than $1,611,180 per year, but Kennedy's salary afforded Buffalo the right to waive him and buy him out.

In his first full league campaign, the former 2005 sixth-round pick of the Washington Capitals compiled 10 goals and 26 points with 50 penalty minutes in 78 games.


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