The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed forward Chris Kunitz to a two-year contract extension worth $7.45 million on Thursday. Kunitz's new contract begins in 2012-13 and will carry a $3.725 million average annual value. It's an identical cap hit to Kunitz's current contract, a four-year deal that started with the 2008-09 season.
Kunitz, 32, has 1 assist through four games this season. He was second on the Penguins last season with 23 goals and third behind Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang with 48 points. He has 99 points in 140 regular-season games with the Penguins, and helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Kunitz has 26 points in 43 playoff games as a Penguin.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp