Kunitz will hang up his skates and join the Blackhawks' staff as a Player Development Advisor.
Over the course of Kunitz's 15-year NHL career, he played for Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Anaheim, but spent the bulk of his time in Pittsburgh. The gritty winger would lift Lord Stanley's cup four times, as well as winning a gold medal in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics with Team Canada. In all, the 39-year-old recorded 268 goals and 351 assists in 1,022 regular-season contests, plus another 93 points in 178 playoff games.
Kunitz potted a goal and posted two hits in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
The 39-year-old winger has seen less than 10 minutes of ice time in his last six appearances while holding down a spot on the fourth line. Kunitz does have a pair of goals and two assists in 13 appearances in March, but he's long past being a reliable fantasy contributor.
Kunitz has only averaged 6:40 of ice time during his last four appearances.
The Blackhawks definitely value what Kunitz brings to their locker room as a 15-year NHL veteran, but coach Jeremy Colliton is clearly only comfortable with deploying him in an extremely limited role. The former Penguin will likely continue to average less than eight minutes of ice time per game as Chicago battles for a wild-card spot down the stretch.
Kunitz will not play in Boston on Tuesday, but he will be in the lineup Thursday at home against the Devils, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
The veteran has only found the scoresheet four times in 33 games this season, but 1,000 NHL games is a very impressive milestone. While he carries very little fantasy value these days, hockey fans, if only for a moment, should pay their respects to Kunitz on Thursday, as many expect the 39-year-old will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Kunitz is an Olympic gold medalist and four-time Stanley Cup champion.
Kunitz scored his first goal of 2018-19 in a 5-3 win over the Penguins on Sunday.
The oh-so-sweet goal represented Kunitz's third point of the season in 24 games. The veteran has gotten lost in the shuffle, with the Blackhawks focused more on giving their younger players opportunities. While Sunday's marker will warm the hearts of hockey fans, we don't recommend rushing to add the 39-year-old to your fantasy lineup.
Kunitz has struggled mightily in 2018-19, tallying just a pair of assists in 23 games. The Blackhawks' forward last found the scoresheet Oct. 31.
It's been a forgettable season for the 39-year-old, once-upon-a-time Olympian. Kunitz is playing 10:10 per game in his first season with the suddenly woeful Blackhawks and will likely consider retirement at the conclusion of the current campaign. He's no longer relevant in fantasy and can be safely ignored in all formats.
Kunitz garnered an assist in Wednesday's clash with Vancouver.
Kunitz bounced back with his first point in nine games after being benched versus the Oilers on Sunday. With just two points in 12 outings, the winger may fail to hit the 20-point mark for the first time in his NHL career.
Kunitz has only averaged 11:50 of ice time through the first three games of the campaign.
Kunitz has managed to pick up an assist while firing three shots on goal over that span, but his limited usage will almost certainly keep him off the fantasy radar in all formats this campaign.
Kunitz signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blackhawks on Sunday, according to TSN.
Kunitz, who will be 39 years old when the 2018-19 campaign begins, played all 82 games for Tampa Bay last season and racked up 13 goals and 16 assists. After three straight 200-plus-hit seasons, Kunitz regressed to 131 collisions in 2017-18. He figures into a bottom-six role with Chicago.
Kunitz doesn't want to retire, but he won't be offered a contract by the Lightning, Joe Smith of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.
Kunitz, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, isn't going to offer elite-level offensive production anymore -- he notched just 29 points last season -- but the veteran can still be a depth contributor in a bottom-six role. A team looking to add the winger can likely expect to pay between $1-2 million, which is a relative bargain given his experience.
Kunitz, who delivered one assist in 17 playoff games, will become a free agent July 1.
Kunitz turns 38 in September and will be looking for one last contract; it just might not be with the Lightning. The Bolts will likely shuffle the deck and go cheaper and younger. Kunitz delivered 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 82 regular-season games while toiling in the bottom six. He may still have value in a limited role on the ice, but his fantasy value disappeared long ago.
Kunitz has three points in his last three games.
His ice time remains in the 11-12 minute range, but Kunitz has still found a way to produce. He has 28 points in 80 games this season and will bring his steady leadership (and four previous Stanley Cup wins) to the Bolts' playoff run.
Kunitz picked up a goal and assist in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.
Suddenly, Kunitz is finding seams and delivering complementary scoring -- he has seven points, including four goals, in his last 10 games. It's not huge, but it's decent for a guy who's probably sitting out there on the wire.
Kunitz scored a rare goal in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Devils.
It was his ninth goal of the season and just his 18th point in 59 games this season. Kunitz's production is just too few and far between to make him a fantasy asset.
Kunitz has just two points in his last nine games.
Kunitz has lost several steps, but remains a decent 10-minute per game player (as long as those minutes are protected). His production has dropped so significantly in the last couple seasons that he's just not a fantasy factor anymore.
Kunitz notched a goal and two assists while adding three shots on net, two blocked shots, a hit and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Predators.
It was an impressive all-around effort for the veteran winger. Kunitz has has been one of the few disappointments in the potent Lightning offense this season, managing just one lonely assist over a brutal 18-game slump that lasted through most of December and January, but with four points in his last two games he may finally be emerging from his funk.
Kunitz scored a shorthanded goal during Monday's 2-0 win over Chicago.
The tally was also the game-winner and snapped an 18-game goal drought. Considering the veteran has been receiving regular top-six looks of late, his lack of offensive production is all the more discouraging. At this stage of the game, there aren't many settings where Kunitz is worth a roster spot.
Kunitz earned the primary assist on Cedric Paquette's game-winning goal Tuesday in Toronto. The final score was 2-0.
While it was nice that Kunitz snapped a 10-game point drought in this one, the fact that he's only found the scoresheet 11 times while averaging just over 11 minutes of ice time speaks to just how far he's fallen. In his 14th NHL season, the 38-year-old is a veteran depth presence for an explosive Tampa Bay forward corps, but offers little from a fantasy perspective these days outside of his 59 hits.
Kunitz contributed a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 drubbing of the Islanders.
Kunitz assisted on Andrej Sustr's goal to make it 2-0 and concluded the scoring with his fourth tally of the season in the third period. This was the first multi-point performance of the year for the 38-year-old winger, so fantasy owners should be in no rush to request his services.
Kunitz tallied an assist and one shot on goal against the Ducks on Sunday.
Things haven't gone swimmingly for Kunitz in his first year with the Lightning. He has five points in 18 games to go with just 15 shots on net. His minutes are down, he's not playing on the power play, and it seems like the veteran's best days are far behind him.
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