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.”