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Tim Kennedy back in the NHL

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Tim Kennedy pursues the puck Tuesday against Nashville's Shea Weber. (AP)


By Mike Harrington

South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy looked set for a long NHL career after playing 76 games as a rookie for the Sabres in the 2009-10 season, collecting 10 goals and 26 points. But he got some bad advice from his agent when he took his hometown team to arbitration the following summer and demanded a one-way contract. The Sabres balked, buying out the contract and sending Kennedy on a series of moves around the hockey world.

Since then, Kennedy has played for Hartford in the Rangers organization, Rochester and San Antonio in the Florida chain (with 33 games with the parent Panthers thrown in) and San Jose's farm team in Worcester, Mass.

He got a big break Tuesday, getting the call to San Jose and instantly getting put on the struggling Sharks' second line between Logan Couture and Ryan Clowe for a 1-0 loss at Nashville. Kennedy played 15:33 and had two shots on goal for the Sharks, who are 0-3-3 after a 7-0 start.

Kennedy, 26, was tied for 21st in the AHL this season with 37 points and led his team in goals (13), assists (24), points and plus-minus (plus-8). He was named the AHL Player of the Week on Dec. 3 after scoring five goals in three games.

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John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

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