On Thursday morning, news came down that the Pittsburgh Penguins and scoring winger Chris Kunitz have agreed on terms for a new 2-year contract extension, which will reportedly pay him $7.45 million. Kunitz' new deal will commence at the start of the 2013 season and will go through the 2014 season, with an annual cap hit of $3.725 million.
Kunitz has become a staple for the Penguins since they acquired him in 2009 from the Anaheim Ducks, acting as a capable scoring forward for the plethora of top end centres that the team has, when they are healthy. In 2011, Kunitz picked up 48 points in 65 games with the club and already in the 2012 season, he has 1 assist in the first four games of the year.
In the draft this season, Stuart G. may have himself a bargain pick, as he has taken Kunitz 307th overall, the second-last pick in the draft, which could work out quite well, assuming both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin return to the Penguins' line-up before too long.