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Chris Kunitz | Winger

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/26/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Although Chris Kunitz is no longer a lock to play on the Penguins' top line, it hasn't been ruled out either.
"It's wide open for (Kunitz)," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "His overall season wasn't as good last year as what was expected, but he's still a good player. If he has a good offseason, he can come in and play on the top line if he's ready to go. He's not a guy that I was out there trying to move to another team (in a trade). I still believe in him." Kunitz had 17 goals and 40 points in 74 games last season. At the age of 35 (36 in September), we wouldn't count on him bouncing back. Jul 16 - 10:38 AM

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Chris Kunitz had a big game on Saturday with a goal and two assists.

That ought to keep all his playoff fantasy owners happy. Kunitz played well alongside Sidney Crosby Saturday as the duo led the team to a 4-3 win in Game 2. " ‘Kuni' is a heckuva player for a reason," defenseman Ian Cole said. "He's been on this team for a long time. He's been a leader on this team for a long time. He puts forth an effort and certainly a style of play that I think is beneficial to everyone on this team and obviously beneficial to Sid.That's beneficial for everyone. I think you really see them working well together. They're certainly one of those twosomes that everyone talks about in this league."
Apr 19 - 8:41 AM

Chris Kunitz had only three goals in his last 37 games.

Kunitz ended the season with only 17 goals and 40 points after a 35 goal, 68 point effort in 2013-14. The winger gets plenty of power play time as well as top-six minutes but will have to do a lot better scoring-wise if he hopes to keep his spot alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
Apr 13 - 9:46 AM

Chris Kunitz scored a goal in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over San Jose.

The Penguins got goals from Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist less than a minute apart in the first period but they were unable to hold on to that lead. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, both David Perron and Sidney Crosby were able to score in the shootout. Kunitz hasn't produced as much as he did one year ago and he entered tonight's action with no points in his last 11 contests. The 35-year-old now has 17 goals and 40 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 29 - 10:32 PM

Chris Kunitz has recorded one goal in his last 21 games.

He hasn't scored a goal in his last nine outings and he's gone pointless in six straight matches. "Lately, he's missed some great opportunities," coach Mike Johnston said. "He's going to start burying some of those." Kunitz has 16 markers and 39 points in 62 games this season.
Mar 19 - 4:04 PM

Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over Washington.

Kunitz snapped a five-game point drought. He has 16 goals and 37 points in 53 contests in 2014-15. He'll have a tough time reaching the 60-point mark for the second straight campaign, but we anticipate him having a strong finish to 2014-15 as the Penguins compete for the Metropolitan Division title.
Feb 26 - 10:04 AM

Chris Kunitz had three assists in the Penguins 4-0 win over Calgary Friday.

Kunitz set up Sidney Crosby twice and David Perron once as the line had eight points and were plus-eight on the night. Kunitz now has 15 goals and 34 points in 44 games this season.
Feb 7 - 10:14 AM

Chris Kunitz registered a shorthanded tally Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Penguins dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Philadelphia.

The goal represented the first shorthanded marker for Kunitz since the 2010-11 season and a nice bonus for his fantasy owners. Beau Bennett also registered a goal the Penguins in the loss.
Jan 21 - 12:03 AM

Chris Kunitz is back on the top line with Sidney Crosby at center and David Perron on the right side.

Perron made the move over to the right wing allow Kunitz to stay on the left wing. Kunitz has 12 goals and 25 points in 33 games this season and his fantasy value just jumped up with the move up the depth charts.
Jan 11 - 10:50 AM

Chris Kunitz scored a goal in a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Kunitz was playing in his third game since returning from a fractured foot. He has 10 goals and 21 points in 26 games this season.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 06:28:00 AM

Chris Kunitz will return to the Penguins on Saturday vs. the Panthers.

Kunitz has nine goals and 20 points with 69 hits in his 23 games so far this season.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Chris Kunitz (foot) won't play Thursday night.

He took part in Wednesday's practice, but he didn't participate in contact drills. Coach Mike Johnston reiterated that Friday's session "will be the big test" for Kunitz, so it's possible that he could available as early as Saturday depending on how much progress he makes.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Chris Kunitz (foot) participated in Wednesday's practice.

"He was back to take all drills except for contact drills, so that was the normal step," coach Mike Johnston said. "So he was into really the first step of coming back into practice. Tomorrow he'll do the game-day skate full out, then I don't expect that he's going to be playing at all tomorrow. And Friday will give us another chance to get a good quality practice for him." Kunitz has been out of commission since Nov. 29 with a foot fracture, but he's hoping to resume playing before Christmas.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Chris Kunitz's initially undisclosed injury is a fractured foot.

Kunitz was a surprise scratch on Tuesday due to the injury. Penguins coach Mike Johnston said the fracture is "slight" and Kunitz could be back in a couple weeks.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Chris Kunitz will miss Tuesday's game due to an undisclosed injury.

The Penguins are expected to provide further details after the contest. Obviously, losing Kunitz would be a significant blow to Pittsburgh. He has nine goals and 20 points in 23 games this season.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Kevin Porter
5Oskar Sundqvist
LW1Chris Kunitz
2David Perron
3Beau Bennett
4Sergei Plotnikov
5Matt Cullen
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Pascal Dupuis
4Eric Fehr
5Bryan Rust
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Ian Cole
4Ben Lovejoy
5Rob Scuderi
6Derrick Pouliot
7Brian Dumoulin
8Tim Erixon
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff