Thursday, June 27, 2013

Penguins Extend Kunitz

Early this morning we all found out that the Penguins have extended forward Chris Kunitz through the 2016-17. That deal was added onto the one year he has left on the current deal which pays him $3.725M per year through this coming year then pays him $3.850M for the three years after it.

On the surface it seems like a pretty good deal for the Penguins. They get him for basically the same cap hit and with his time with the Penguins he has been a very good. In 266 regular season games Kunitz has 91 goals and 120 assists for 211 points. He has shown that he can play on both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin's line and he is the perfect Dan Bylsma player. Bylsma loves guys like this who have some skill but do all the little things like go in the corner and stand in front of the net on the power play and just give it their all game in and game out.

This really opens up the free agent/trade season as the Penguins are still talking to Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, and Kris Letang. It would be really hard to imagine the Penguins offering much more to Dupuis and as we know the Letang saga gets more high school rumorish by the day. I guess you can call this the first shot fired on that front and from the looks of it Kunitz took a pay cut in order to say. I would imagine that another team would have been willing to give him some more money based on his 22 goal in 48 game this past season and his 26 goal output the season before.

I am a pretty big Kunitz fan so it is good to see him back in the fold.

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