Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NYRangers Sign Tim Kennedy!!

This is somewhat old news(only a couple of days) but since I haven't updated the blog in a week, I thought I'd post it anyway.

The New York Rangers have signed Ex-Sabre Tim Kennedy.  The deal is for one year at $550k. 

The Sabres went to arbitration with Kennedy and he was given a one year $1M deal.  After the team signed it they decided to waive Kennedy and then subsequently buy out the one year deal.  The Sabres will take on a $166k cap hit each of the next two seasons.  The Sabres reportedly only wanted to pay Kennedy around $800k. 

There are two ways to look at this deal.  One being that it is a win-win situation or that the Rangers are just adding another 3rd-4th line player.  I look at it as a win-win and here is why.  He had a solid(not great but solid) rookie season scoring 10 goals and tallying 26 points in 78 games.  If he doesn't work out then he plays a year in the minors for us and that's that.  But with Tortorella's offensive system anything can happen and the Rangers can catch lightning in a bottle and find a player for there future.  It's not like he is 35(Todd White) as he is only 24 and just came off of a decent rookie season.  We also got him for about half of what the arbitrator awarded him which is a great deal.  Also not that Artem Anisimov only had 28 points last year and you do not see anyone giving up on him granted he is two years younger.

Maybe you could look down on this deal if the Rangers paid $1M plus for this guy but they got him at the league minimum which seems to be a great deal.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, it is more of a no lose situation!!

    Glad your back!!!