ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Chris Kunitz to a two-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Kunitz, 26 (9/26/79), played in 67 games for Anaheim last season scoring 19-22=41 points with 71 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus/minus rating of plus 19. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native set club rookie season records for goals, points, shots (149) and plus/minus. In 16 playoff games, Kunitz scored 3-5=8 points with eight PIM. He finished the postseason tied for second among NHL rookies in goals and assists and finished fourth in points.
The 6-0, 194-pound forward has played in 90 career NHL games with Anaheim and Atlanta, scoring 19-28=47 points with 83 PIM. Kunitz was claimed on waivers by Atlanta on Oct. 4, 2005. In two games with the Thrashers last season, he was scoreless. The Ducks reclaimed Kunitz via waivers on Oct. 18.
Kunitz originally signed with the Ducks as a free agent on April 1, 2003 after scoring 175 points in 152 career games at Ferris State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He was named a Hobey Baker finalist (best collegiate player) in 2003 after scoring 35-44=79 points his senior season.