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Tim Connolly not considering retirement

Posted on Aug 14 via TheScore.com

Tim Connolly is waiting on a contract offer from an NHL club and is not considering retirement, according to his agent J.P. Barry.

Speaking to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Barry remains confident that NHL free agency will pick up once teams re-assess their needs heading into training camp.

Right now, Tim wants to take some time and find the right situation for himself. He's being patient. I think he's just taking a pause now. He's been through some injuries. He just wants his body to heal. I think there will be a demand for him when he decides to play. I think he understands most of the teams are going to look at younger players first.

Connolly last played in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2011-12 season, scoring 13 goals and 23 assists in 36 games. He was demoted to the AHL last season, scoring only five goals and seven assists in 28 games with the Toronto Marlies.

The 32-year old forward was drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He has scored 131 goals and 300 assists in 697 career games with the Islanders, Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

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It won't do the Sabres any good this year or next, but the Sabres have a plethora of excellent prospective centres working their way up through the junior and minor leagues.

Tim Connolly was run out of Buffalo not by just the fans, but most of the organization itself. He was a lazy flop who would injure himself every time he stubbed his toe. In 8 seasons with the Sabres he managed to only play in 464 games. During those years he only managed one full season worth of play.

The situation was even worse with Roy. As I told a few people from CDC that would visit the Sabres online feeds, it was even worse with Roy. He not only got into a locker room hissy fit with Ruff in the end of his final season here in Buffalo, but the other players had no love for him either. It was said semi-privately that during the end of his final season with the Sabres that during an on-ice scrum he said to other players that, "it's just a game guys". The Sabres couldn't get rid of him fast enough.

I'm just glad that we got Ott for Roy. The whole city loves Ott.

The centre position isn't a worry anymore now that the team is in rebuild mode. I'd bet my bottom dollar that it's the biggest reason why Cody is proving tough to sign. They are worried about his speed and poor defensive play. He's a big long term risk. I'd like to see CoHo play on a 2-3 year contract for about 4.5 mill per year. I think that if he can tighten up his game under the tutelage of Rolston then he can turn into an excellent centre. Sooner rather than later though he will have some stiff competition incoming if he stays.

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