A lot of updates today and here’s another one on Tyler Kennedy:
The Penguins have made a qualifying offer to Dustin Jeffrey ($550K, 2-way) this week as I just reported a bit ago, but as of 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, the team has yet to make one to Tyler Kennedy, a source confirms to Inside Pittsburgh Sports.
The Penguins have six days to make one if they want to retain Kennedy’s negotiating rights. As things stand right now, it is unlikely that the Penguins will have a deal in place with Kennedy by then.
There has been some chatter that the Penguins may not make a qualifying offer due to the possibility of arbitration but if they go that route, they are expected to actively seek a trade beforehand.
One thing to keep in mind is that it’s still early. One agent I just spoke with told me this afternoon he hasn’t received any qualifying offers for his several NHL (1-way contracts) players.
For Pittsburgh to retain Kennedy’s negotiating rights, the team has to make a qualifying offer 105 percent of Kennedy’s previous salary of $725,000.