|Assets:||Is a great forechecker and hitter. Has savvy offensive instincts and overall polish. Is a deft playmaker with a little bit of a mean streak. Skates very well and provides some grit.|
|Flaws:||Lacks high-end goal-scoring acumen, mainly because he passes up way too many shots. Isn't very big by today's NHL standards, so he tends to wear down over time.|
|Career Potential:||Solid complementary winger with physicality.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2008-09 (Pittsburgh), 2006-07 (Anaheim)|
|CCHA||Player of the Year||2002-03|
|CCHA||First All-Star Team||2002-03, 2001-02|
|NCAA||West First All-American Team||2002-03|
|10/13/2011||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract extension.|
|4/23/2011||Missed 1 playoff game (suspension).|
|4/19/2011||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|3/08/2011||Missed 13 games (lower body injury).|
|3/02/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2011||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/20/2010||Missed 2 games (undisclosed).|
|4/14/2010||Missed the last 4 regular season games (shoulder injury).|
|4/06/2010||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|2/07/2010||Missed 15 games (abdominal surgery).|
|1/05/2010||Abdominal surgery, late February.|
|12/12/2009||Missed 13 games (lower body injury).|
|11/14/2009||Lower body injury, late November.|
|2/26/2009||Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|8/27/2007||Signed by the Anaheim Ducks to a four-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.|
|6/06/2007||Missed Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Ottawa Senators (abdominal injury).|
|6/04/2007||Abdominal injury, day-to-day.|
|6/02/2007||Missed 5 games of the Western Conference Finals against the Detroit Red Wings and games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Ottawa Senators (broken right hand).|
|5/13/2007||Broken right hand, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/08/2007||Re-signed by the Anaheim Ducks to a two-year contract extemsion.|
|11/15/2006||Missed 1 game (left hand injury).|
|11/12/2006||Left hand injury, day-to-day.|
|7/20/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a two-year contract.|
|11/21/2005||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|11/16/2005||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|10/27/2005||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|10/18/2005||Claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers and assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|10/04/2005||Claimed off waivers from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.|
|10/02/2005||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|8/12/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.|
|9/14/2004||Assigned to Cincinnati (AHL).|
|3/05/2004||Assigned to Cincinnati (AHL).|
|2/10/2004||Recalled from Cincinnati (AHL).|
|2/05/2004||Assigned to Cincinnati (AHL).|
|1/13/2004||Recalled from Cincinnati (AHL).|
|9/22/2003||Assigned to Cincinnati (AHL).|
|4/01/2003||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a two-year entry-level contract.|
|2/26/2009||Pittsburgh Penguins traded Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.|
|10/18/2005||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim claimed Chris Kunitz off waivers from the Atlanta Thrashers.|
|10/04/2005||Atlanta Thrashers claimed Chris Kunitz off waivers from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.|
|4/01/2003||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.|
Kunitz returns to Crosby's line at practice | 05/17/2013 10:14 AM
NewsChris Kunitz was reunited with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis at Thursday's practice.
Impact"I'm sure [coach Dan Bylsma] is pretty comfortable with us because we've played together for so long," said Crosby. The move sent Jarome Iginla back to the right side with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. These may be the line combinations that Bylsma chooses to go with in Game 2 versus Ottawa Friday night.
Kunitz, Malkin pace Pens to Gm 1 win vs. Sens | 05/14/2013 10:40 PM
NewsChris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin generated a goal and an assist each in Pittsburgh's Game 1 victory against Ottawa to open Round 2 of the playoffs.
ImpactKunitz helped set up Malkin's game-winning goal just past the midway point of the first period, prior to netting his third marker of the postseason on a power play late in the second frame. Malkin also earned an assist on a man advantage tally by defenseman Paul Martin. Pascal Dupuis potted a shorthanded goal in the third period to finish Tuesday night's scoring. Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Doug Murray, Kris Letang and James Neal collected an assist each in the contest. Neal was also assessed three minor penalties in Game 1.
Life as Pens' Chris Kunitz has to be good | 05/12/2013 11:49 AM
NewsPittsburgh left winger Chris Kunitz is in the enviable position of being wanted as a linemate by two of the finest centers in NHL history.
ImpactBoth Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would like Kunitz to be their left winger for the remainder of the playoffs. Kunitz has spent a lot of his Pittsburgh career playing alongside Crosby, including most of this season as Crosby ran up 56 points en route to being a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Last season, when Crosby missed a lot of games because of injury, Kunitz played on a line with Malkin, who won the NHL scoring title and Hart Trophy, and right winger James Neal. "It's a good problem to have when you get to play with either one of those guys," Kunitz said of coach Dan Bylsma's decisions on line combinations. "Throughout my years in Pittsburgh, I've had a chance to play with both. They're both such elite talents that they make players around them way better. If you work hard, they're going to reward you with good plays."
Chris Kunitz finally gets on the board | 05/06/2013 12:40 PM
NewsChris Kunitz netted a pair of power-play goals, including the game winner in overtime, to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 series lead against the Islanders.
ImpactHe also had an assist and five shots in the contest. Kunitz enjoyed one of his better regular seasons despite the lockout-shortened schedule and he seems to have rediscovered that touch after a sluggish start to the playoffs.
Kunitz might start with Malkin-Neal combo | 04/29/2013 12:45 PM
NewsChris Kunitz skated alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal in Saturday's finale against Carolina and he may start the playoffs there as well.
ImpactEven if Sidney Crosby is available for Game 1 Wednesday night against the New York Islanders, Kunitz may remain with Malkin and Neal. If that were to happen then Jarome Iginla would joined Crosby and Pascal Dupuis.
Chris Kunitz to play with Malkin and Iginla | 04/09/2013 9:35 AM
NewsChris Kunitz joined Jarome Iginla and Evgeni Malkin on Pittsburgh's top line during Monday's practice.
Impact"We immediately had some comfort level putting Chris on that line with Geno," coach Dan Bylsma said. "That's what we'll definitely be seeing going forward, starting in Carolina." James Neal is out with a concussion and Sidney Crosby is sidelined with broken jaw, so the decision to move Kunitz up wasn't a difficult one to make. He has amassed 20 goals and 46 points in 39 contests this season.
Chris Kunitz moves into second in NHL scoring | 03/15/2013 9:02 AM
NewsChris Kunitz contributed two assists in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over Toronto.
ImpactHe moved into second place in the league scoring race with 39 points in 28 matches. His linemate Sidney Crosby sits in first place with 47 points (12 goals, 35 assists) this campaign. Kunitz also leads the NHL with a plus-23 rating. He is enjoying a fantastic year and should be started in all formats.
C.Kunitz explodes for 5 pts in win over NYI | 03/10/2013 9:41 PM
NewsChris Kunitz enjoyed a phenomenal night as he scored three goals and added two assists in the Penguins 6-1 win over the New York Islanders.
ImpactThe combination of Kunitz and Sidney Crosby was unstoppable on this night, as Crosby racked up five assists by counting on every play that Kunitz did. James Neal got in on the fun with a goal and two assists while Pascal Dupuis scored twice and Kris Letang registered a pair of helpers.
Kunitz makes Pens' stars play better | 03/09/2013 11:45 AM
NewsChris Kunitz seems to have the Midas Touch when it comes to bringing out the best in the Penguins' star players.
ImpactBoth Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have enjoyed their best succeeses with Kunitz on their left side. For his part, Crosby loves playing with Kunitz. "He has a consistency about him," Crosby said. "He just does so many little things, maybe things that people don't always realize. He has the ability to create space for you. He is so good on the forecheck, and he's got that ability to use it to force turnovers and to open things up for me. And you know he's always going to the net." Look for Kunitz, who is third in NHL scoring with 31 points, to continue playing with Sid the Kid.
Chris Kunitz has career-high points streak | 03/08/2013 11:07 AM
NewsChris Kunitz is in the midst of a career-high seven game points streak.
ImpactHe also has a personal-best five-game goal-scoring streak. It helps when you're on the same line as Sidney Crosby. "Chris does a lot of little things well, to be a good complementary guy to play with," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He goes hard to the net, he forces turnovers, he's a physical guy. And, maybe more so this year than others, he's moved into that slot area and been a weapon with his shot and being open in that area. He's done that really well." He has 14 goals and 17 assists, and he is a very strong play right now.
Chris Kunitz continues dream season | 03/08/2013 12:25 AM
NewsChris Kunitz scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Penguins in a 5-4 comeback win over Philadelphia Thursday night.
ImpactPlaying the wing alongside the best passer in the world certainly has its advantages, as Kunitz stands sixth in the NHL with 14 goals and fourth with 31 points. James Neal, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis all tallied for the Pens while Crosby recorded three assists in the win.
Chris Kunitz gets goal in win Monday | 03/05/2013 12:21 AM
NewsChris Kunitz potted a goal in a 4-3 win over the Lightning on Monday night.
ImpactThe physical Pittsburgh winger has been on fire this season playing once again alongside Sidney Crosby (a goal and an assist tonight). With the marker tonight, Kunitz now has 12 goals and 28 points in 23 games in this 48-game shortened season.
Chris Kunitz helps Penguins beat Canadiens | 03/02/2013 11:08 PM
NewsChris Kunitz scored two goals and registered an assist in Pittsburgh's 7-6 overtime victory on Saturday.
ImpactSidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, giving him 34 points in just 22 games. Brandon Sutter and Matt Cooke each scored twice for the Penguins. Beau Bennett, Simon Despres, Deryk Engelland, James Neal, and Brooks Orpik each registered an assist.
Chris Kunitz scores lone Pens goal in loss | 02/28/2013 11:29 PM
NewsChris Kunitz scored the only Pittsburgh goal in a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes Thursday night.
ImpactKunitz is enjoying a fantastic season and although playing alongside Sidney Crosby has something to do with it, he deserves credit for the production he registered. Both Crosby and Matt Niskanen drew assists on the marker.
Chris Kunitz pots seventh in win | 02/22/2013 10:40 PM
NewsChris Kunitz potted a goal as the Penguins defeated the Panthers on Friday night 3-1.
ImpactKunitz has built on his career-best 2011-12 campaign with seven goals and 20 points in 18 games this year. As such, he's well worth starting every night while he's on this roll. Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey had the other markers. Five different Penguins had assists.
Chris Kunitz credits Crosby with torrid start | 02/06/2013 1:05 PM
NewsChris Kunitz has enjoyed a productive start to the 2013 campaign and he credits Sidney Crosby with his early success.
Impact"I'm fortunate enough to be getting points," Kunitz said. "It's a tribute to playing with Sid. He's such a dominant player. When the puck is in his hands right now, good things are happening." He has recorded six goals, with four coming in Sunday's win over Washington, and 12 points in 10 games. The physical Pittsburgh winger also has been credited with 26 hits this year.
Scoring change gives Kunitz 4th goal Sunday | 02/04/2013 6:48 PM
NewsAs it turned out, Chris Kunitz scored four goals on Sunday.
ImpactKunitz was originally credited with a hat trick, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have since awarded Kunitz the Penguins' opening goal of the contest. Paul Martin was originally credited with that goal and Sidney Crosby was given the lone assist. Martin and Crosby now both have assists on Kunitz's goal. This is the first time that a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins have netted four goals in a single game since Jaromir Jagr in Oct 14, 2000.
C. Kunitz is named the 2nd star of the week | 02/04/2013 2:40 PM
NewsChris Kunitz is the second star of the week.
ImpactKunitz had four goals and seven points in four contests last week. He got off to a slow start, but heated up over the weekend and recorded a hat trick on Sunday.
Chris Kunitz nets a hat trick for Penguins | 02/03/2013 4:29 PM
NewsChris Kunitz collected a hat trick during the Pittsburgh Penguins' 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
ImpactIt appeared that he would be robbed of the trio when credit from an earlier goal was taken away, but Kunitz scored one later on anyway. The rugged forward found the net on all three of his shots. It's been a huge weekend for him overall, as he had a goal and two assists on Saturday.
Kunitz is game-time decision Saturday | 02/02/2013 12:20 PM
NewsPittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma stated that Chris Kunitz (flu) will be a game time decision Saturday.
ImpactAs the game starts in a few hours we should know if Kunitz will play after the pre-game skate.
Chris Kunitz (illness) should play Thursday | 01/31/2013 2:51 PM
NewsChris Kunitz didn't participate in Thursday's morning skate, but he's expected to suit up against the New York Rangers.
ImpactCoach Dan Bylsma said Kunitz was feeling a "little bit under the weather." The Penguins winger has one goal and three assists, with 20 hits, in six games this season.
Kunitz set to play with Crosby, Dupuis again | 01/08/2013 3:58 PM
NewsChris Kunitz is projected to play alongside Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis this season.
ImpactCoach Dan Bylsma discussed his thoughts on some line combinations on Monday and said Kunitz would return to play with Crosby after he played alongside Evgeni Malkin for the majority of the 2011-12 campaign. The trio of Kunitz, Crosby and Dupuis played together in 2010-11.
|Goals||4||at Wsh||Feb 3||1|
|Assists||2||6 times-last:vs. Car||last:Apr 27||3|
|Points||5||vs. NYI||Mar 10||4|
|Penalty Minutes||17||vs. NYI||Mar 30||7|
|Plus/Minus||4||vs. NJ||Feb 2||3|
|Power Play Goals||2||2 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Mar 10||1|
|Power Play Points||2||2 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Mar 10||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Car||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:vs. Car||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shots||6||vs. Buf||Apr 23||8|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2011-12 (Pit)|
|Assists||35||2 times-last: 2011-12 (Pit)|
|Penalty Minutes||81||2006-07 (Ana)|
|Power Play Goals||11||2006-07 (Ana)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||4 times-last: 2010-11 (Pit)|
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