By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- With the start of NHL Free Agency just 28 hours away, the Penguins and Tyler Kennedy are closing in on a new contract.

The two sides have been in constant contact over the last 48 hours and sources tell me they made real progress last night.

All signs are pointing towards a deal being reached sometime this afternoon.

It appears as though Kennedy is more interested in rejoining the Penguins than hitting the free agent market.

Kennedy is taking a financial gamble considering he’d likely land a deal of around $3 million on the open market. is reporting that the two sides are believed to be discussing a two-year deal worth close to $4 million.

The 24-year stepped up big last season when the Pens lost Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal to major injuries.

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