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Born May 7, 1981 (1981-05-07) (age 28),
Baldwinsville, New York
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. teams
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1999
New York Islanders
Career 1999 – present

Tim Connolly (born May 7, 1981 in Baldwinsville, New York) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

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 Lugano SC in the Swiss Nationalliga A.

In 2005–06, Connolly had a career-high 55 points in 63 regular season games. 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 in the NHL, however, he had been criticized for playing with his head down, which many link to his concussion problems.

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 has seen 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.

In the 2009 off-season, Connolly was re-signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a two-year, $9 million contract on March 4, 2009.

Career statistics

    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
1998–99 United States WJC-A 6 1 0 1 8
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 81 14 20 34 44
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 82 10 31 41 42
2000–01 United States WC-A 9 3 4 7 4
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 10 35 45 34
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 12 13 25 32
2004–05 Lugano SC 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
NHL totals 486 88 200 288 212 24 5 15 20 4

References

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