The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tyler Kennedy to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Kennedy's contract will run through the 2012-13 season and has an average annual value of $2 million.
Kennedy, 24, is coming off the best season of his four-year career after establishing single-season highs across the board in games played (80), goals (21), assists (24), points (45) and power-play goals (7). In seven postseason games, Kennedy added two goals and one assist.
A Sault Ste. Marie, ON native, Kennedy was a valuable member of the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup championship squad, contributing five goals, four assists and nine points in 24 postseason contests. Three of Kennedy's goals that spring were game-winning tallies — including Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against Detroit.
The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Kennedy has appeared in 266 career regular-season games for Pittsburgh, registering 59 goals, 65 assists, 124 points and 13 game-winning goals. Kennedy has collected 16 points (7G-9A) in 61 postseason games.
Before joining the Penguins, Kennedy skated four seasons for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 249 career games with the Greyhounds, Kennedy posted 184 points (64G-120A). He added seven points (2G-5A) in 12 postseason contests.