From our friends at CSN Washington:
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.
Here’s the press release from the Capitals, should you wish to learn a bit more about Newbury and Kennedy.
(Yes, it’s probably going to be a slow news day, what with the holiday in the United States and Canadians focused on dominating Wimbledon)
You’ll recall two days ago a post about a third-period line brawl that broke out between the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Phantoms and Portland Pirates. The two teams, totaled in the game, combined for 299 penalty minutes.
Well, the league has handed down six suspensions totaling 13 games on Tuesday. The Phantoms were hit especially hard by the supplementary discipline. Center Kris Newbury was suspended four games; goalie Cal Heeter suspended three games; left winger Zack FitzGerald suspended two games; Ben Holmstrom for one game and Tye McGinn suspended one game. For Portland, only Kyle Hagel was given a ban, which will last two games.
The Rangers and Flyers aren’t ever known for trying to help each other out, but that didn’t stop them from swapping minor league depth players.
New York sent forward Kris Newbury to Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Danny Syvret. Each player has their own note of significance to their credit.
Newbury took Brad Richards’ spot in the Rangers lineup in the playoffs when then coach John Tortorella decided Richards wasn’t getting it done. In the three playoff games he saw this season, he had no points and two penalty minutes. He spent most of his season with the Connecticut Whale in the AHL. As a rugged forward with the ability to handle his own in a fight, he fits the Flyers’ M.O. pretty well.
Syvret adds some defensive depth to a Rangers team that needs it. His claim to fame is that he scored the Flyers’ first and only Winter Classic goal in the 2010 game against Boston. He spent all of last season with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL and did fairly well scoring six goals and adding 34 assists. His downfall? He was a minus-21 on a poor Phantoms squad.