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Pens Choose Not to Qualify Tyler Kennedy…

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By Brian Metzer

The Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi broke the news about a half an hour ago — the Penguins have opted not to tender Tyler Kennedy, thus making him an unrestricted free agent on Friday afternoon. This is an interesting turn of events to say the least.

Though the team could feasibly still sign Kennedy, it likely signals the end of his time in Pittsburgh. It also shows that he and his representation have an inflated view of his worth…at least more so than that of Penguins’ General Manager Ray Shero.

Though this move comes as a slight shock to me, it opens the door for getting a deal done with Pascal Dupuis. It also shines a slightly brighter light on the possible signing of Jaromir Jagr. Would Shero have allowed Kennedy to potentially walk for virtually nothing had he not gotten an assurance that Jagr was legit in wanting to sign with the team? Time will tell.

If nothing else the move cries out that the team is open to the possibility of entering next season with the likes of Eric Tangradi and Nick Johnson on their NHL roster. Both of which showed that they could be ready for prime time last season.

It is worth noting that the Florida Panthers were just in a very similar position with RFA Niklas Bergfors and allowed the youngsters to waltz into unrestricted free agency. Moves like these are certainly going to become more commonplace in a cap driven league, even one that has seen that cap rise in each year of its existence.

Stay tuned for more soon…

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

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  1. Walshy

    June 28, 2011 at 7:22 am

    The cap that forces teams who can’t hit the cap floor to take on bad cap hits like Brian Campbell so it bails out big spending teams from screwing up…..

    It’s a big flaw in having a min cap floor.