In a bit of a surprise, Rangers F Tim Kennedy cleared waivers today, despite showing decent upside and sporting a cap hit of just $550K. To echo what blog comrade Donnie Pucks just stated on NHL Live, Kennedy was thought to be a tempting target for teams looking for young players with big potential and low-risk contracts. For a team with some open roster spots, it felt like a claim on Kennedy would be a worthwhile gamble.
A few local pundits, including Mr. Larry Brooks, were upset the Rangers would even take the chance of losing him to another team. Kennedy put up 10 G and 16 A with the Sabres last season and two assists for the Blueshirts in preseason action.
Todd White, who carries a $2.375 million hit, also went unclaimed.
The Rangers now have 30 days to assign both players to Hartford, which they will likely do to at least one of them after Chris Drury returns from his broken finger.