Dear Darcy Regier,
Oh Darcy. Darcy, Darcy, Darcy.
Look, I don’t know what the actual excuse is (maybe Golisano and Larry Quinn are Mean Girl-ing you into being a total bitch), but waiving Tim Kennedy for no apparent reason has got everyone in town scratching their heads. Tomorrow is a VERY important day for you. Most people seem to think that the Sabres are just being cheap (and boy would that be cheap) but I’m going to go ahead and give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you’re just being totally weird.
I’m more or less okay with Tim Kennedy not being on the Sabres next year. It’s not my favorite move ever, but whatevs. TK is a scrappy third liner. This isn’t Ryan Miller we’re talking about. I know that. But it makes me very very nervous if the $200,000 difference between what you were reportedly willing to pay Tim Kennedy ($800,000) and the $1 million he was eventually awarded through arbitration is the reason you decided to waive him. (And just for the record, I’m not poo-pooing $200,000. I could really use $200,000 actually, and if I had $200,000 I would NOT want to give it to Tim Kennedy. But still, regardless of my personal relationship with the idea of “$200,000,” $200,000 is not very much money when it comes to professional sports [even dopey little sports like NHL hockey]).
What’s done is done. Maybe there is a good reason for this, or maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bitchy bed this morning, but the one thing I know for SURE is that I’ll be listening to your explanation with extreme interest tomorrow. To me, this doesn’t feel like a money situation, which means there is something else fairly dishy going on here, and you better BELIEVE I’m more than a little curious.
I hope you are prepared to offer a weird explanation that matches the weirdness-level of this weird decision.
Good luck tomorrow, weirdo.