At first glance, it doesn't look likely that TK will be back in Pittsburgh next season; however, according to Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Rob Rossi, Penguins GM Ray Shero made this move to avoid arbitration (and alot of precious time being tied up).
"We want clarity in this situation. By doing this we get the most clarity," Shero said. "An arbitration hearing can go into early August. We want to know what's going on before then."
"(Kennedy) wants to come back," Shero said. "And we certainly want him back."
Shero also confirmed to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a three-year deal was offered to unrestricted free agent Max Talbot who ultimately turned it down and will be testing free agency come Friday. This doesn't look good for Talbot returning in black and vegas gold next season although there could be a small glimmer of hope in the fact that Shero hasn't publicly announced that he wouldn't be signed as he did with Mike Comrie and Alexei Kovalev. A few weeks ago, it was reported by RDS.ca that Talbot would be interested in playing for Montreal if he doesn't sign with the Pens.
In other Penguins free agency news, two of Pittsburgh's AHL players will be playing for another country come next season.
According to Jonathan Bombulie (WBS Baby Pens beat writer for Citizens Voice), goaltender John Curry has signed with the Germany's Hamburg Freezers. Bombulie conducted a Q&A with Curry last week who was vacationing with his family. CLICK HERE TO READ IT.
WBS Baby Pens defenseman Steve Wagner was also signed by a German team - the Adler Mannheim Eagles signed him on June 9th.
So here's how the free agency list for Pittsburgh looks as it stands now:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
HADDAD, Joey (06/27/11-was not given a qualifying offer as RFA)
KENNEDY, Tyler (06/27/11-was not given a qualifying offer as RFA)
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
JEFFREY, Dustin (RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFER FROM PENS 06/27/11)
THIESSEN, Brad (RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFER FROM PENS 06/27/11)