Rangers assign Kennedy to Hartford

The New York Rangers announced today that forward Tim Kennedy has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Kennedy, 24, tallied two assists in four pre-season contests after signing with the Rangers as a free agent on August 30, 2010. He did not dress in either of the Rangers’ first two regular-season games.

Kennedy was the top-scoring rookie in the AHL in 2008-09, tallying 18 goals and 49 assists for 67 points in 73 games with the Portland Pirates, tying for the team lead in points. He added one assist in five Calder Cup Playoff games.

Last season, Kennedy led all Buffalo rookie forwards in goals (10), assists (16), points (26), and shots (98), and led all Sabres rookies in penalty minutes (50) and game winning goals (three). He recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Oct. 10, 2009, at Nashville, and notched his first career goal on Oct. 28, 2009, at New Jersey.

The 5-foot-10, 173-pounder made his NHL post-season debut on April 15, 2010, vs. Boston, recording one assist and a plus-two rating in the contest, and finished the playoffs with one goal and two assists in six games with Buffalo.

The Buffalo, N.Y., native was originally Washington’s sixth round choice, 181st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.