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Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 11:05 am
 
CK1By: Adam Gretz

Set to become an unrestricted free agent following this season, it was announced on Thursday morning that Chris Kunitz has signed a two-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The deal is worth $3.275 million per season according to the team, which is a salary cap hit that is identical to the that came with his previous contract.

Since being acquired by the Penguins, along with Eric Tangradi, from Anaheim in 2009 in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney, Kunitz has scored 43 goals in 140 regular season games, typically playing on a line with Sidney Crosby when both have been in the lineup.

He's not the flashiest player on the Penguins roster, but over an 82-game season he maintains a 50-60 point pace and seems to play the type of physical, aggressive game head coach Dan Bylsma likes, while also having a willingness to go to the front of the net and do the dirty work around the crease. He's been a good fit within their system. The only downside to his play the past couple of years is that he's had to miss 48 games due to injury over the past two seasons.

With Kunitz now in the mix for the next two years the Penguins have just about every core player on the roster signed signed through at least next season, including Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury. Many of them are signed for at least the next two years, with the exception of Crosby and Staal, who would be eligible for unrestricted free agency following next season.

As it stands now, the Penguins have roughly $54 million in salary cap committments to 17 players for the 2012-13 season, via Capgeek, which would leave them with somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million in cap space (assuming there are no changes to the cap).

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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

would NOT be shocked.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

Neal is an Restricted Free Agent so Shero has the upper hand.  But I would be shocked if Shero is working on a deal in the very near future for Neal.  Probably going to something similar to this deal.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

He makes $3.725 a year.  If the Penguins are willing to pay Kunitz that kind of money, are they going to be able to resign James Neal at the end of this year?  With roughly $10 million left to sign and Neal poised for a large contract, that doesn't leave too much money to sign role players which provide that valuable depth that the Penguins need to get thru the playoffs and Stanley Cup.  I'll let Ray Shero worry about that, he's more qualified than myself.  LETS GO PENS!



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

Excellent move by Shero... he may not be as flashy or as high profile as others but we have those guys... we need grit and feisty and Kunitz brings them both...

Numbers bare out he has brought the best out of Crosby as well...

Kudos to the cap savy Pens... for a good signing...


 



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

Kunitz was thought to be a throw in of that deal, he turned out to be the best player.
Agreed.  Funny how things work out that way Dupuis was a throw in on the Hossa trade and he is the one that has provided the most value.

Glad Kunitz re-signed, never takes a shift off and is a force on the ice.




Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:36 am
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

That's a good price for Kunitz.
Hartnell makes 4.2 and doesn't make series changing hits like Kunitz. Besides, wings are pivotal for the Penguins, who are the most center-deep team, or aren't depending on how Crosby does this year.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:07 am
 

Chris Kunitz re-signs with Penguins for 2 years

Kunitz was thought to be a throw in of that deal, he turned out to be the best player.


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