PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Chris Kunitz.
Kunitz, 33, has one year left on his current contract that carries a salary cap hit of $3.725 million. The new deal starts for the 2014-15 season and will carry an annual salary cap hit of $3.85 million.
This past season, Kunitz led the team with 22 goals and was second on the team in points (52) behind linemate Sidney Crosby (56).
In the playoffs, Kunitz registered five goals and five assists in 15 games, including an overtime goal in a pivotal Game 3 against the Islanders.
Kunitz was acquired before the trade deadline in 2009 in a deal that sent Ryan Whitney to Anaheim. During the Penguins’ march to the Stanley Cup, Kunitz notched one goal and 13 assists in 24 playoff games.
The Penguins still have plenty of decisions to make this summer.
Pascal Dupuis, Craig Adams and Matt Cooke are all unrestricted free agents along with trade deadline acquisitions Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray.
Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey and Robert Bortuzzo are all restricted free agents and the Penguins plan to make qualifying offers to each.
Another big question is whether or not the Penguins can come to terms on a contract extension for Kris Letang.
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