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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 posted an assist in a 3-2 win over Washington on Saturday night.
The trio of Kunitz, Ryan Callahan and Cedric Paquette was the best for the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Paquette opened the scoring 19 seconds into the contest and Callahan's goal 33 seconds into the second period held up as the game winner. Kunitz's helper came on Callahan's goal and it was his first point in 15 games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. May 20 - 10:18 AM

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Chris Kunitz is the only active player to have won four Stanley Cups.

Kunitz won with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and then captured three (2009, 2016 and 2017) as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "I truly believe Kunitz was one of those guys that we probably weren't banking on to play 20 minutes a night but was going to help us leadership-wise, stability-wise and also grit-wise," coach Jon Cooper said. "Those little things he brings to the table has certainly paid off." Kunitz skates on Tampa Bay's fourth line and he didn't have a point in first round, but his experience should be helpful as the Lightning get ready for Boston in the second round of the postseason on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 9:52 AM

Chris Kunitz recorded a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday night.

Kunitz has 12 goals in his first season with the Lightning after he scored just nine times in 2016-17. However, his overall totals are not much different. Kunitz finished that campaign with 29 points in 71 games and he has 24 points through 68 outings this year.
Mar 9 - 10:49 AM

Chris Kunitz notched a goal and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over Nashville on Tuesday night.

Kunitz opened the scoring with his second goal in the last two games. He also added helpers on goals by linemates Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov. Kunitz has received a boost, while skating on the top line of the Lightning but any fantasy value he has will probably be short-term.
Jan 24 - 10:12 AM

Chris Kunitz knocked in a second-period goal on Monday in Chicago and it stood up as the game-winning tally in the 2-0 victory.

Kunitz helped the Lightning snap a four-game string surrendering the opening goal of the game. The team is now plus-27 in second period goals, which is the second-best goal differential in the NHL in any period behind the Kings, who have a plus-28 in third-period tallies. Kunitz also snapped an 18-game goal drought dating back to Dec. 7, and he had managed just one assist during the span. Needless to say, his fantasy appeal is limited to the deepest of pools right now.
Jan 22 - 11:17 PM

Chris Kunitz skated alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday morning.

The top line of the Lightning may have a different look to start the team's game against Carolina. Vladislav Namestnikov joined a combination with Yanni Gourde and Alex Killorn in the session.
Jan 9 - 11:11 AM

Chris Kunitz notched a goal and an assist in a 6-2 victory versus the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Kunitz has contributed just nine points in 27 games this season, while serving as a bottom-six forward on the Lightning.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:18:00 AM

Chris Kunitz scored the Lightning's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Kunitz's goal cut the Lightning's deficit, but it wasn't enough as the Ducks scored four times against the Bolts. The 38-year old only has two goals in 12 games with the Lightning this season and hasn't proven to be a real fantasy commodity this year.
Source: NHL.com
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 09:58:00 PM

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.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 01:44:00 PM

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.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 10:41:00 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.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 04:30:00 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."
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 10:38:00 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.
Thu, Jun 15, 2017 11:45:00 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.
Tue, May 30, 2017 10:16:00 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.
Fri, May 26, 2017 12:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Anthony Cirelli
6Gabriel Dumont
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Yanni Gourde
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2J.T. Miller
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Ryan McDonagh
3Mikhail Sergachev
4Anton Stralman
5Dan Girardi
6Braydon Coburn
7Jake Dotchin
8Slater Koekkoek
9Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj
3Louis Domingue