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Kennedy, Pens agree to deal

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 12:24 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / Free Agency '11 Blog

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Kennedy, Pens agree to deal
While the Pittsburgh Penguins' chase for Jaromir Jagr continues, they apparently have found time to work on keeping one of their own players from reaching free agency.

Right wing Tyler Kennedy, who scored a career-high 21 goals last season, agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Penguins shortly before the start of the free agent signing period at noon. Kennedy would have become an unrestricted free agent if the deal was not reached.

Earlier in the day Friday,  Kennedy's agent, Steve Bartlett, had told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was speaking with Penguins general manager Ray Shero, and felt a deal would get done to keep Kennedy in Pittsburgh.

"We're still working on it," Bartlett told the newspaper. "But I am optimistic that it will get done (Friday)."

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