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Sabres Place Tim Kennedy On Waivers

via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Tim Kennedy on waivers. If he clears, it’s expected that the team will buy out the remainder of his contract.

Kennedy, 24, scored 10 goals and 16 assists in 78 games last season for the Sabres. He re-signed with Buffalo as a restricted free agent on July 29, and is due to earn $1 million next season.

According the capgeek.com, a buyout would cost the Sabres $333,333 over two years, with a reduced cap hit of $166,667 this season instead of $1 million.

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why would you resign a player only to put him on waivers a few days later with the expectation to buy him out if he clears.  Why not just not resign the guy?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 08/02/10 at 05:04 PM ET

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Arbitration awards that are so low cannot be walked away from.  I think its the amount determined to be below the league average which currently is $1.6M apparently so his award of $1M was one the Sabres were forced to accept.

Posted by JBM on 08/02/10 at 05:14 PM ET

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Still, I don’t get why they would walk away from this kid. He has Top6 potential…got some speed and some grit. I would love to have him on my Sens.

Posted by SensNation on 08/02/10 at 05:28 PM ET

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@SensNation,

I’m a guy that’s watched him since he was at Michigan State.  I love Kennedy, but he’s not probably Top 6 potential on a healthy, decent team.

That said… I’m not sure how “decent” Buffalo is going to be, so I’m surprised they’re looking to part form him.  He’s everything the Sabers need right now, save for size.  If they remove any more heart from that lineup, they’ll be flat-lining…

Posted by Primis on 08/02/10 at 10:06 PM ET

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He wasn’t even a top 6 forward in Buffalo last year. Granted, they made him play center when he is more skilled at the wing. I suspect something came up in arbitration that made the Sabres not want him in the dressing room come the start of the season. He was very hit and miss last year, kinda on the small side and they have 2 top 6 forwards coming up from Portland (Ellis and Gerbe) who both have a much higher ceiling on output that will both be fighting for a spot on the roster. There wasn’t a lot of room left for him and if he got pissy in the arbitration… why keep him? Even if another team in the NE picks him up I’d hardly be concerned he is going to be a Sabres killer. I think his head may have gotten overly large when Wilson put him on team USA after the season… over other more skilled american players on the Sabres. Of course… those players probably had no interest in being on team USA at that point.

As a Sabres fan, I’m more than alright with this, he is too small for the bottom two lines and I’d rather have Ellis playing on the top 6 this year.

Unlike Primis, I’m sure Buffalo will be plenty decent enough this year, decent enough to make the playoffs again and quite possibly win the NE again. They haven’t changed THAT much from last season and they weren’t lacking in point production last year. What they are lacking in is something Kennedy has no chance of providing… someone to man the point on the PP. Hopefully Meyers will be better at that this year.

Posted by clownfat on 08/02/10 at 11:28 PM ET

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