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The Pittsburgh penguins have agreed to terms with F Chris Kunitz on a 3 year contract extension. The deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through the 2016-17 campaign, and has an average annual value of $3.85 million.

Safe so say he deserves every penny of the deal. Kunitz, 33, enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2012-13, leading the team in both goals (22) and power-play goals (t-9) while ranking second on the team in points (52), rating (plus-30) and game-winning goals (t-5). It was the fifth time – and second-straight season – that he’s topped the 50-point mark and the sixth time he’s tallied 20 goals.

Since the pens acquired him in 2009 he has been nothing but a threat to other teams in the playoffs. He was a huge factor in the ’09 Stanley cup champion Penguins.  He has added 58 points (17G-41A) in 99 playoff games in his career with Pittsburgh and Anaheim.  He also became the first Penguin since Jagr in 2000 to score 4 goals in a single game.

It’s great to see Kunitz around for a while longer; he is a great tough player and has the stats to prove it. It will be interesting to see how his body can handle his style of play for the next few years. He plays a very bang up physical style of hockey that can do serious damage to anyone who’s in their mid 30’s.

Now that most of the key players are signed it will be interesting to see if the Penguins will be able to squeeze in a contract with Kris Letang. Trade Rumors are flying around Pittsburgh like crazy and with the Kunitz contract extension many people don’t think there will be enough cap room to sign Letang for the money he wants. The Penguins are also trying to work out a contract with Pascal Dupuis at the same time, making the cap limit edge closer and closer. 


3/1/2017 11:21:47 pm

thank you

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