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.

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