Pens Don’t Make Kennedy Qualifying Offer

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- In a surprising move, the Penguins decided not to offer Tyler Kennedy a qualifying offer by today’s deadline.

That means that Kennedy is now an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team.

NHL free agency begins at noon on Friday.

It’s being speculated that an offer wasn’t made because Kennedy was eligible for salary arbitration.

Pens general manager Ray Shero says that he still hopes to be able to bring Kennedy back to the Penguins.

In 80 games last season, Kennedy scored 21 goals.

Kennedy was a fourth round pick of the Penguins back in 2004.

  • megan

    they need to bring him back. imean when both Crosby and Malkin were injured Kennedy really stepped up to the bar. i mean he was on fire this season and to not have him on the team. he is my favorite penguin and was hoping to buy a kennedy jersey around christmas time. please bring him back!!

    • Anonymous

      really, your favorite. Is he the only player on the team that you know?

  • moe

    He should be brought back with a decent salary.

  • mike

    why crosby kunitz neal ,malkin jagr do not need him.

  • mike

    cooke,letestu, nick johnson line 4 sign rupp with adams and joe vatalie.and you have plenty of cap room.

  • Dave

    Kennedy did step it up when Crosby and Malkin were injured, but prior to that, he wasn’t producing much. Another player who should be watching his back is Jordan Staal – he had the perfect opportunity this past season to become the leader and he failed. As far as his penalty kill ability – the Pens have proven that they are just as good at the penalty kill without hiim since they still were the number one penalty kill team without Staal when he was recovering from surgery. Though his contract isn’t up, trading him would help with the salary cap.

  • Anonymous

    He works his tail off! – Sign him!

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