Coyotes call up Gormley, send Kennedy down

The Coyotes on Thursday recalled defenseman Brandon Gormley and assigned forward Tim Kennedy to the Portland Pirates, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate.
The 21-year-old Gormley has registered five assists in seven games with the Pirates this season, leading all Portland defensemen in scoring. The 6-foot-2, 196-pounder also appeared in 68 games with Portland last season, totaling five goals and 24 assists. He was the Coyotes’ first-round selection at No. 13 overall in the 2010 draft.

The Coyotes’ roster has been a defenseman short since Rusty Klesla suffered a lower-body injury last week.

Kennedy has played in six games with the Coyotes this season, recording three assists. He also has appeared in one game with the Pirates. The 27-year-old has 13 goals and 21 assists in 131 NHL games in his career.