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Arbitrator awards Sabres' Kennedy $1M

Buffalo Sabres forward Tim Kennedy was awarded a 1-million US, one-year contract by an arbitrator on Thursday, two days after his hearing was held in Toronto.

Buffalo Sabres forward Tim Kennedy was awarded a 1-million US, one-year contract by an arbitrator on Thursday, two days after his hearing was held in Toronto. 

As a rookie last season, the 24-year-old Kennedy made $635,000 while collecting 26 points in 78 games in a defensive role for Buffalo. 

The Sabres have no option but to accept the contract terms. Teams cannot walk away from an arbitrator's ruling that is lower than $1,611,180, as per the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.

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