The first shot has been fired, the Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Tyler Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks for a second round draft pick.
BREAKING NEWS: #Pens acquire 2013 2nd-round pick (50th overall) from San Jose in exchange for Tyler Kennedy— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 30, 2013
Kennedy was set to receive a qualifying offer of $2 million for next season, money that under the $64.3 million salary cap that didn't quite fit the salary structure of the Pens. Kennedy slumped to being a healthy scratch for the beginning of the NHL playoffs, but once was an important member of the team on the vaulted Pens third line with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke.
But Staal is gone and Kennedy's production has been low. As Ray Shero said earlier today, he probably would benefit from a change of scenery. And for the Pens, they add a second round pick, which they didn't have from ironically trading a 2nd round pick to the Sharks for defenseman Douglas Murray a few months ago.