By: MF, The Pens Hockey Show
On Thursday, July 27th, it was announced by the Penguins general manager, Ray Shero, that Chris Kunitz and the Penguins have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
The contract has an average annual value of $3.85 million and will start next season and run through until the 2016-17 season.
This past season was one of his best seasons, as he lead the team in goals (22) and power-play goals (t-9).He didn’t stop there, coming up second on the team in points (52), game-winning goals (t-5), and a plus-minus rating of +30. It was his second straight season topping the 50-point mark (fifth time in his career) and became the sixth time he has recorded 20 goals.
Kunitz has come to be known as part of the top-line for the Penguins, playing on the wing to center Sidney Crosby. Many contribute his success to playing on a line with such a dynamic player as Crosby. This can be true on some occasions, but Kunitz has been productive with Crosby in and out of the lineup.
Kunitz has become a big contributor on the Penguins. I have to say, Shero did some great deal making, as it looks like he got Kunitz at a steal of a price. I think it shows just how much Kuntiz wants to stay in Pittsburgh, and that he loves playing for the Penguins.