Tim Connolly

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Tim Connolly
Tim Connolly 2012-03-07.JPG
Born (1981-05-07) May 7, 1981 (age 33)
Baldwinsville, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
New York Islanders
Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  United States
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1999
New York Islanders
Playing career 1999–present

Timothy L. Connolly (born May 7, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently a free agent. He last played for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Connolly played for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for two seasons, beginning in 1997–98. After recording 68 points in 46 games in his second OHL season, he was drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

On June 24, 2001, at the NHL Entry Draft, Connolly and Taylor Pyatt were traded by the Islanders to the Buffalo Sabres for captain Michael Peca. After missing only three regular season games total in his first four seasons in the league, injuries began to plague Connolly's career beginning in 2003–04. He missed the entire season with post-concussion syndrome after suffering a concussion in a pre-season game versus the Chicago Blackhawks. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played the second half of the season with SC Langnau in the Swiss Nationalliga A.

In the 2006 playoffs, he recorded 11 points in 8 post-season games including the game-tying goal with 10.7 seconds left in game one of the second round series against the Ottawa Senators (which Buffalo won 7–6 in overtime). In game two, however, Connolly was injured with another concussion and missed the rest of the playoffs. Continuing to suffer from post-concussion syndrome, Connolly missed the first 80 games of the 2006–07 season. Connolly was known in the NHL for his puck-handling skills, however, he had been criticized for playing with his head down which many link to his concussion problems. Often called out for being a fragile player, Connolly has missed many games because of subsequent injuries.

He returned to action on April 7, 2007, against the Washington Capitals, recording 13 minutes of ice time and scoring a goal; he was named second star for the game, which the Sabres won, 2–0.[1] Connolly had bone spur problems with his hip all throughout the 2007–08 season and had season-ending surgery to have them removed on March 21, 2008.

The 2008–09 season season saw the continuation of Connolly's injury problems. He began the season with two cracked vertebrae from a stick-butt to the back in a pre-season game, which forced him to miss the first 10 games of the regular season. After five games, in which he registered six points, he suffered a broken rib from a devastating hit by the St. Louis Blues' Keith Tkachuk. Despite playing through the pain in the next game, the injury subsequently pulled Connolly out of the lineup once again. On January 9, 2009, Connolly returned to the lineup to finish the season with 47 points in 48 games.

On March 4, 2009 at the NHL Trade Deadline, Connolly was re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a two-year, $9 million contract. In 2009–10, Connolly had a career-high 65 points in 73 regular season games.

On July 2, 2011, Connolly was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a two-year, $9.5 million contract.[2]

On November 7, 2011, it was reported that Connolly was injured again, this time with an upper-body injury, and would miss between 10 days and two weeks.[3]

On January 17, 2013, in the final year of his contract with the Maple Leafs and prior to the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Connolly was placed on waivers. Upon clearing the following day it was announced that Connolly would start the season with the Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Syracuse Stars MTJHL 50 42 62 104 34
1997–98 Erie Otters OHL 59 30 32 62 32 7 1 6 7 6
1998–99 Erie Otters OHL 46 34 34 68 50
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 81 14 20 34 44
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 82 10 31 41 42
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 10 35 45 34
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 12 13 25 32
2004–05 SC Langnau NLA 16 7 3 10 14
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 16 39 55 28 8 5 6 11 0
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 1 0 1 2 16 0 9 9 4
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 7 33 40 8
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 18 29 47 22
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 17 48 65 28 6 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 13 29 42 20 6 0 2 2 2
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 13 23 36 40
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 28 5 7 12 23 6 0 1 1 8
NHL totals 697 131 300 431 300 36 5 18 23 8

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1999 United States WJC 6 1 0 1 8
2001 United States WC 9 3 3 6 4
Junior int'l totals 6 1 0 1 8
Senior int'l totals 9 3 4 7 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connolly scores as Sabres claim home ice". ESPN. 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Connolly agrees to two-year, $9.5M deal with Maple Leafs". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tim Connolly injured again". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 

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Preceded by
Michael Rupp
New York Islanders first round draft pick
1999
Succeeded by
Taylor Pyatt