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Chris Kunitz discusses his versatility and ability to help the Blackhawks up and down their lineup

by Chris Wescott /

After signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks after free agency opened up, Chris Kunitz spoke with the media about what made the team his choice. He also spoke about what he expects his role to be.

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According to Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman, Head Coach Joel Quenneville is most excited about the veteran winger's versatility in a lineup. That's something Kunitz himself recognizes and thinks his role to be moving forward.

"They're trying to make some minor key changes to the lower part of their lineup to help," Kunitz said. "It's something I've dealt with and how I moved in my career when I went down to Tampa. I learned the game from a different angle, not being one of the go-to guys but being someone who can move up and down the lineup if there are injuries or guys are hurt. Obviously, coach Quenneville moves guys up and down quite a bit. It was intriguing on my side of it, but looking from the experience side you can go out and help your team win at any moment. That's how I've looked at it the last couple of years of my career."

The four-time Stanley Cup Champion had 13 goals last year in a mostly bottom-six role. He looks forward to contributing this season while helping guide the younger players on the roster.

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