Maine Hockey Journal

Kennedy finally signed by Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have gone on a signing spree and it can only benefit the Portland Pirates – (SHH!!!) I mean the Sabres “unnamed” AHL affiliate – moving forward in future as Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced the signing of forward Tim Kennedy to a two-year entry-level contract.

Besides the signing of Enroth yesterday, this was perhaps the most important signing for the Sabres in terms of prospects, it was something that they simply had to get done.

Kennedy, 22, just finished his third-year with the Michigan State Spartans, and will most likely being his professional career with the Pirates.

“We are thrilled to have a player of Tim’s caliber join the Sabres organization,” said Regier. “After three years at Michigan State, we believe this local product is ready to make the move to the professional level.”

In his three years at MSU, Kennedy scored 42 goals, 63 assists for 105 points in 113 games, in which he led the Spartans in scoring the past two seasons. A native of Buffalo, NY, he was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, but was traded to the Sabres for a 6th round draft pick in 2006.

Kennedy has won a national championship with the MSU Spartans, defeating the Boston College Eagles and Sabres’ prospect and future teammate Nathan Gerbe in 2007. He scored the tying goal in the third period and assisted on the game-winning goal as he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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