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Penguins sign Kunitz to three-year extension

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 8:47 AM / News

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Penguins sign Kunitz to three-year extension
Pittsburgh Penguins sign Chris Kunitz to three-year extension.

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued a busy offseason Thursday, agreeing to terms with forward Chris Kunitz on a new three-year contract.

The deal, which kicks in at the start of the 2014-15 season, has an average annual value of $3.85 million, according to the club.

This signing comes two weeks after the Penguins signed franchise center Evgeni Malkin to a long-term deal. The club, however, still faces some major roster decisions, including what to do with defenseman Kris Letang, a Norris Trophy finalist who will be entering the final year of his deal in 2013-14.

Kunitz, 33, has had a successful run playing on a line with with Sidney Crosby since joining the Penguins in 2009. He had a team-high 22 goals in 2012-13, and was second with 52 points. His nine power-play goals also were second on the team, as was his plus-30 rating.

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