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Chris Kunitz | Winger | #14

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (38) / 9/26/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Chris Kunitz potted his first goal with the Lightning on Monday night.
Kunitz, who signed with Tampa Bay in the summer on a one-year deal, scored late in the second period in Tampa Bay's come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win over Washington. Kunitz made it 3-2 heading into the third and played well all game alongside Cedric Paquette and Ryan Callahan. Oct 10 - 1:44 PM

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Look for Chris Kunitz to get a chance to play a prominent role with the Lightning next season.

He could line up as a winger on one of the Bolts' top two lines which would mean he would flank either Steven Stamkos or Tyler Johnson. Even if Kunitz plays on Tampa's third unit, he will get plenty of power-play ice time making him late-round draft worthy.
Jul 2 - 10:41 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Chris Kunitz to a one-year, $2 million contract.

That's a very reasonable contract for Kunitz. That being said, he probably won't have any fantasy relevance in 2017-18. He was limited to nine goals and 29 points in 71 contests with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and he'll turn 38 years old on Sept. 26. He's a versatile forward though and a veteran presence with four Stanley Cup championships under his belt.
Jul 1 - 4:30 PM

As many as 10 teams have contacted agent Ben Hankinson to express their interest in Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless the Penguins re-sign him. Pittsburgh has interest in bringing him back, but with that much demand for Kunitz's services they might not be able to match the offers of other squads. In the end, it might not even be a higher annual salary that lures Kunitz away from Pittsburgh, but a longer-term contract as Pittsburgh might only want to sign the soon-to-be 38-year-old to a one-year deal. "There’s a lot of moving parts with the Penguins and what they’re doing," Hankinson said. "Obviously they have some good, young forwards. It would be a big loss losing Chris, but I also think they’re trying to figure out money-wise where he fits in. The other part of it is if he signs somewhere else, then it’s a couple-year deal and security comes into play."
Jun 29 - 10:38 AM

Chris Kunitz is hoping to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kunitz is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent now that his three-year, $11,550,000 deal is complete. He had two goals and 11 points in 20 playoff games this year. He'll turn 38 years old before the start of the 2017-18 campaign, so if the Penguins do re-sign him it will probably only be on a one-year contract.
Jun 15 - 11:45 AM

Chris Kunitz had two assists Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He helped the Penguins post a 5-3 win over the Predators with assists on goals by Conor Sheary and Nick Bonino. Kunitz has come on strong in his last two playoff games with five points. He has been playing well alongside Sidney Crosby again.
May 30 - 10:16 AM

Chris Kunitz had a night to remember in Pittsburgh's 3-2 double overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After picking up just two assists in 13 playoff games this spring, Kunitz came through with two goals, including the game-winner at the 5:09 mark of the second overtime frame. He also added an assist on Justin Schultz's power play goal in the third period. Kunitz finished the game with three points, a plus-2 rating, six shots on goal, four hits and three blocked shots in 22:50 of ice time. The Penguins now move on to play the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 will be played in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
May 26 - 12:05 AM

Chris Kunitz registered an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime loss to Washington in Game 3 on Monday.

It was Kunitz's first point in three playoff contests. He returned on April 27 after missing the first round with a lower-body injury.
May 2 - 10:53 AM

Chris Kunitz posted three shots and four hits in his return to the lineup on Thursday night versus Washington.

He logged nearly 13 minutes of action in his first game back since March 31 because of an undisclosed lower-body injury. Kunitz skated with Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnhackl on the fourth line.
Apr 29 - 10:04 AM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision on Thursday, per Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

Kunitz was previously referred to as a game-time decision, but Sullivan reiterated that position today. Kunitz skated on the fourth line during Thursday's practice and left the ice with the rest of those projected to play, so that's a good sign. If he does play it will probably be with Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnhackl.
Apr 27 - 2:39 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) is listed as a game-time decision for Game 1 of Pittsburgh's second-round series against Washington.

He skated on the fourth line again during Wednesday's practice. Kunitz appears to be on track to play in his first game on Thursday night since Mar. 31.
Apr 26 - 1:15 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) participated in Monday's practice.

That was the second straight practice that Kunitz participated in after skating on his own Saturday. Kunitz's goal is to be ready for Game 1, but he's currently being regarded as a game-time decision by the team.
Apr 24 - 2:58 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) took part in Sunday's practice.

Kunitz has missed 10 straight games, including the Penguins' five-game first round series against Columbus. "It's unfortunate I missed the first round. It was a great round against Columbus with some time in between, so I hope to get back soon," Kunitz said. "It's tough watching playoff hockey. Fortunately for me, my team moved on so it gave me a chance to hopefully get back in the lineup." He didn't have any problems during Sunday's practice so the next step is to see how he feels on Monday.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 5:04 PM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) skated on his own Saturday.

Kunitz sustained a lower body injury on March 31 and has yet to play since. The next step for Kunitz will be partaking in practice and if all goes well, get him back in action. Kunitz had nine goals and 29 points in 71 games but the Penguins miss his physicality in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 10:32 AM

Chris Kunitz (lower body) isn't expected to play in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Updates have been few and far between for Kunitz, who hasn't played since Mar. 31 because of a lower-body injury.
Apr 12 - 4:20 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Yanni Gourde
4Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Brayden Point
3Ryan Callahan
4Gabriel Dumont
5J.T. Brown
6Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Mikhail Sergachev
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Andrej Sustr
8Slater Koekkoek
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj