The Sabres walked away from Kennedy's $1-million arbitration award on Aug. 2, and now the 24-year-old is a Ranger, joining a forward group that could use some more youth and some more moxie.

The 5-10 Kennedy had 10 goals and 16 assists in 78 games as a rookie for the Sabres last season, and the Buffalo native was hurt by the Sabres' decision to walk away.

He's not a lock to make the Rangers roster, but his style of play and ability to score a goal here and there could be another subtle push to Sean Avery that it's time to toe John Tortorella's line. Avery, for whom the Rangers have a $1.9375-million cap hit, needs a good camp to get off on the right foot.

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And yes, the Rangers will still have room to sign restricted free agent Marc Staal and be under the summer cap of $65.4-million. Barely, but there's room.

UPDATE: They have lots of room -- Tim Kennedy signed for $550,000. Good deal for Glen Sather. Also, the Rangers see Kennedy as more of a center than a wing -- so Brian Boyle might be in more trouble than Avery.