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Sharks, Panthers announce trade

The San Jose Sharks, parent club of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, have acquired forward Tim Kennedy from the Florida Panthers, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, in exchange for defenseman Sean Sullivan.

Kennedy, 25, has split the season between Florida and San Antonio. He posted two points (1-1=2) in 27 NHL games with Florida this season and added nine points (3-6=9) in 18 AHL games with San Antonio.

In 112 career NHL games with Buffalo and Florida, he has posted 29 points (11-18=29). He appeared in six playoff games in 2009-10 with Buffalo registering three points (1-2=3).

Kennedy has appeared in 158 career AHL games with Portland, Connecticut, Rochester and San Antonio, totaling 33 goals and 92 assists for 125 points. He was the AHL’s leading scorer among rookies in 2008-09, when he compiled 67 points in 73 games for Portland.

The native of Buffalo, N.Y., was originally selected by Washington in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Sullivan, 27, has played in 32 games with Worcester this season, scoring five goals with 19 assists along with a plus-10 rating. The Boston native is in his fifth AHL season, and has recorded 38 goals and 110 assists for 148 points in 288 AHL games with Worcester and San Antonio.

The Boston native is the Rampage’s all-time leader among defensemen in goals (21), assists (68) and points (89), and ranks second on the franchise list in games played (183). Sullivan represented the Rampage at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic.

Sullivan was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.