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Penguins trade Tyler Kennedy for 50th overall pick

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The Penguins make their first trade of today, sending restricted free agent to be Tyler Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks for a second round pick in today's draft.

Jamie Sabau

The first shot has been fired, the Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Tyler Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks for a second round draft pick.

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.