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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks acquired pending restricted free agent forward Tyler Kennedy from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second-round pick in Sunday's draft.

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The trade gives the Sharks depth up front that they were seeking and gives the Penguins a needed high pick after trading their first and second-rounders before the deadline for forward Jarome Iginla and defenseman Douglas Murray.

Pittsburgh acquired San Jose's pick, 50th overall, in the second round. The Penguins had been slated to make their first pick at No. 77.

The Sharks still have their first-rounder, 20th overall, and second-rounders from the New York Rangers (49th) and Pittsburgh (58th) in midseason deals that sent away forward Ryane Clowe and Murray. San Jose also will get a 2014 second-rounder from Pittsburgh in the Murray deal.

Kennedy had six goals and five assists in 46 games last season and adds needed depth to the Sharks' forward contingent. He also had two goals and three assists in nine playoff games but was often a healthy scratch as the Penguins made it to the Eastern Conference final before being swept by Boston.

Kennedy has 76 goals and 92 assists in 372 career games with Pittsburgh. He also has 12 goals and 15 assists in 76 career playoff games.

``Tyler is a highly competitive forward who plays with speed and has a history of scoring big goals,'' Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. ``He has played in a lot of playoff games over the last past five seasons, won a Stanley Cup and we think he fits in perfectly with our group and how we want to play the game.''

Kennedy is one of two pending restricted free agent forwards on the Sharks, joining TJ Galiardi. San Jose has to decide whether to tender qualifying offers to both players by Tuesday. The free agency period starts Friday and the Sharks have about $3.6 million of salary cap space with 19 players under contract, according to CapGeek.com.

The Sharks have been busy already this offseason, signing potential unrestricted free agent Raffi Torres to a $6 million, three-year deal, and agreeing to a five-year extension with star center Logan Couture that keeps him off the free agent market next summer.

San Jose has also signed potential restricted free agent forwards Andrew Desjardins and James Sheppard and defenseman Jason Demers to contracts.

Among the other pending unrestricted free agents for the Sharks are forwards Scott Gomez and Tim Kennedy, defenseman Scott Hannan, and backup goaltenders Thomas Greiss and Alex Stalock.

San Jose also has one fourth-round pick, a fifth-rounder and two seventh-rounders.

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