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‘I hope my agent does a good job,’ says veteran Kennedy, still looking for work

at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders

Mike Stobe

For the first time in a long time, Tyler Kennedy is without a team.

“I tried my best last year,” Kennedy, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I did everything I could to have a good year, and things didn’t really work out.

“I hope my agent does a good job. I have a lot of faith in him.”

Kennedy, 29, had a rough ’14-15 campaign, one that began in San Jose -- where he never fit in Todd McLellan’s plans -- and ended on Long Island, where he sat for over half of the Isles’ opening-round playoff loss to the Caps.

Now six weeks into the free agent period, Kennedy is without an NHL contract, a situation he’s unfamiliar with. Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick in ’04, Kennedy has traditionally been a regular contributor -- he helped the Pens capture a Stanley Cup in ’09 and had a really solid campaign the year following, scoring a career-best 21 goals and 45 points in 80 games.

After being traded to San Jose, he signed a two-year, $4.7 million deal -- the richest of his pro career -- only to see injuries and ineffective play render him something of a financial burden.

Now, he’s just looking to catch on somewhere.

“I’ve got nothing to lose,” Kennedy said. “It might be good for me. Less pressure on me. I was making a little bit of money there, felt like I had to produce.

“Now I feel like I can do out there and play my game, my skating game.”