Capitals sign a pair of depth forwards

Capitals sign a pair of depth forwards
July 4, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Capitals have signed left wing Tim Kennedy and center Kris Newbury to one-year, two-way contracts, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Both players are expected to begin the 2014-15 season with the AHL Hershey Bears.

Kennedy, 28, played in 37 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season, registering two goals and six assists with four penalty minutes.

A 5-foot-10, 176-pound native of Buffalo, Kennedy has played in 162 NHL games with Arizona, San Jose, Florida and Buffalo, recording 15 goals, 24 assists and 60 penalty minutes in his NHL career.

Kennedy was selected by the Capitals in the sixth round, 181st overall, of the 2005 draft. He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres the same day in exchange for Buffalo's sixth-round pick the following year, who turned out to be Mathieu Perreault, who on Tuesday signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

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Kennedy also played 30 games with the AHL Portland Pirates of the AHL last season,  recording four goals and 11 assists with 14 penalty minutes. In 260 AHL games with Portland, Hartford/Connecticut, Rochester, San Antonio and Worcester, he has 60 goals and 148 assists.

Newbury, 32, played four games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, picking up one assist. A native of Brampton, Ont., he has played in 76 career NHL games with Philadelphia, the Rangers, Detroit and Toronto, registering four goals, six assists and 139 penalty minutes. Newbury was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round, 139th overall, in the 2002 draft.

Last season Newbury played in the Hershey Bears’ final 17 games of the regular season, recording four goals and nine assists with 25 penalty minutes. In 662 AHL games with Hershey, Adirondack, Hartford/Connecticut, Grand Rapids, Toronto and St. John’s, Newbury has 160 goals and 328 assists.