THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have waived left-winger Tim Kennedy four days after he was awarded a one-year deal worth US$1 million contract in arbitration.
Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert confirmed the move had been made on Monday, but says the team would have no comment until after the 24-hour waiver period expires.
Should Kennedy go unclaimed, the Sabres would have the choice to retain the player or buy him out at a third of his contract. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot walk away from an arbitrator’s ruling lower than $1,611,180.
The move was considered curious given that the Buffalo native only made $635,000 as a rookie last season. He finished with 10 goals and 16 assists in 78 games playing mostly on the third line.
Sabres agree to 2-year deal with Morrisonn
Free-agent defenceman Shaone Morrisonn has agreed to a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Monday.
Morrisonn, a seven-year NHL veteran, spent the past five-plus seasons with Washington. The six-foot-four, 217-pound Vancouver native was consistently among the Capitals leaders in hits and blocked shots.
The 27-year-old had one goal and 11 assists in 68 games with Washington last season.
Morrisonn was selected 19th overall in the 2001 draft by Boston, and broke into the NHL the following season with the Bruins. He has 10 goals and 60 assists and 423 penalty minutes in 418 career games.
Buffalo, which signed defenceman Jordan Leopold last month, is retooling its blue-line after losing Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman in free agency this summer.