The Sharks continue to make minor adjustments with their roster at the midseason point. The latest move was the acquisition of forward Tim Kennedy for defenseman Sean Sullivan.
Kennedy was a member of the Michigan State team that won the 2007 national title. He scored a goal in the title game against Boston College, then provided the assist Justin Abdelkader's game-winner.
He has played in 112 NHL games and is known for his ability to draw penalties. This season he's played in 27 games for Florida, with one goal and one assist.
His best NHL season came with Buffalo in 2009-10, when he played in 78 games for the Sabres, with 10 goals and 16 assists.
Kennedy became a member of the Panthers last February when he was traded by the Rangers (along with a third round pick) in exchange for Bryan McCabe.
Sharks official press release:
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired forward Tim Kennedy from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Sean Sullivan. Kennedy has been assigned to Worcester, San Joses top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Kennedy, 25, has split the season between Florida and San Antonio (NHL). 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).
The five-foot-ten, 175-pound native of Buffalo, New York was originally selected by Washington in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Sullivan, 27, was second amongst Worcester defensemen this season with 24 points (5-19=24) in 32 games. He appeared in 105 games with Worcester in the last two seasons recording 59 points (17-42=59).