BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Former Sabre Tim Kennedy has found a home after being bought out by the Sabres earlier this month.
The South Buffalo native has signed a one-year, one-way deal with the New York Rangers.
Eyewitness Sports was the first to report Kennedy's plans to sign the contract. He told Eyewitness Sports anchor Shawn Stepner of his intentions on Monday morning
Kennedy's agent Allain Roy says eight teams showed significant interest in the 24-year-old.
Kennedy was waived by the Buffalo Sabres just days after being awarded $1 million in a salary arbitration hearing in late July. Once Kennedy cleared waivers, the Sabres bought-out his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
"It was pretty tough, but I'm still young so that's good," Kennedy said. "I can still play for teams. It just hurts more because I'm from the hometown and I think that's why it stings a little bit more. I think that's just part of the league right now. You just have to move on. So that's what I'm trying to do."
Kennedy scored ten goals and 16 assists during the 2009-10 season, his rookie year, playing 78 games.
He says he regrets how things came to an end with the Sabres.
"I think you regret it because, in the end, I want to play here. I've always wanted to play here. That's over, so I think that's the only regret. I'm gonna play somewhere this year. I'm just going to have to go to that team and help them out."
Kennedy says he has no hard feelings toward the Sabres organization. He's now the newest "Broadway Blueshirt".
"I thought it was the right fit for me," Kennedy said about why he chose to play for the Rangers. "It was close to home. I kind of wanted to stay on the east coast. It's only six hours from my family and friends. I think they are going to have a really good team next year. It should be fun"