Kennedy keeps skating while assessing options
AUG 19, 2:26p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Sep 30 / 8:53a ET
News: Kennedy (personal) will be away from the team for the next couple of days and the team is unsure whether he'll be back for Friday's preseason game, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Kennedy is fighting for a roster spot after signing a PTO earlier in September. It's unknown what the personal matter is, but Kennedy will need to get back on the ice if he wants to make the team. He had 14 points in 38 NHL games last season, split between the Sharks and the Islanders and is a hard-nosed grinder whose value comes not from the points he scores, but for his willingness to forecheck and scrap in the corners.
Rotowire: Sep 16 / 3:01p ET
News: Kennedy signed a professional tryout contract with the Devils on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Kennedy was unable to land a guaranteed contract in free agency this summer, but a tryout offer with a forward-bereft club like the Devils is a nice consolation prize, as the 29-year-old stands a good chance of cracking the 23-man roster. The winger didn't provide much noteworthy production during his time with the Sharks and Islanders (six goals, eight assists in 38 games) last season, but his familiarity with Devils GM Ray Shero during his time in Pittsburgh should work in his favor. Expect Kennedy to vie for a role on New Jersey's third or fourth line.
StatsLLC: Sep 16 / 12:00a ET
News: Kennedy will attend New Jersey Devils training camp on a professional tryout contract.
Impact: The 29-year-old Kennedy had six goals and eight assists in 38 regular-season games last season with San Jose and the New York Islanders. He has 86 goals and 113 assists in 477 career games in eight seasons with Pittsburgh, San Jose and the Islanders.