|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)|
|NHL||First All-Star Team||2012-13|
|CCHA||Player of the Year||2002-03|
|NCAA||West First All-American Team||2002-03|
|CCHA||First All-Star Team||2002-03, 2001-02|
|6/27/2013||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year contract extension.|
|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.|
Chris Kunitz continues career season | 12/07/2013 11:44 PM
NewsChris Kunitz netted a goal for the Penguins in their 3-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday night.
ImpactKunitz is playing his best hockey at age 34. He now has 17 goals, nine shy of a career high, and he has 31 points in 31 games. He's never been a point-per-game player before but there's no reason to think that this can't be sustained now because he's playing with the best in the game in Sidney Crosby. James Neal had the other marker. Matt Niskanen picked up two helpers.
Chris Kunitz scores twice in drubbing of SJ | 12/05/2013 9:46 PM
NewsChris Kunitz scored a pair of goals for the Penguins in Thursday's 5-1 thrashing of San Jose.
ImpactPlaying with Sidney Crosby certainly has its advantages, as Kunitz has netted 16 goals on the season. Jayson Megna, Kris Letang and Pascal Dupuis all found the back of the net in the victory while Crosby dished out three helpers.
Chris Kunitz scores twice against Lightning | 11/29/2013 6:55 PM
NewsChris Kunitz scored twice in Pittsburgh's 3-0 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.
ImpactBrandon Sutter scored his fifth goal of the season at 8:27 of the third period. Sidney Crosby assisted on all of the Penguins' goals, giving him 36 points in 27 games this season.
Chris Kunitz's big night lifts Pens | 11/22/2013 9:43 PM
NewsChris Kunitz scored twice on the power play and added an assist in the final two minutes to help Pittsburgh sneak by the New York Islanders 4-3 on Friday night.
ImpactKunitz recorded his first multipoint game since Oct. 19, and now has 11 goals and 21 points through 23 games. Sidney Crosby scored the winner with 1:16 remaining in regulation to lift the Pens.
Chris Kunitz pots goal in 4-1 loss | 11/16/2013 9:43 PM
NewsChris Kunitz scored for the Penguins, who fell to the Devils 4-1 on Saturday night.
ImpactThe winger had game-high seven shots on goal, as he continues to put the puck in the net with regularity. Kunitz has nine goals and 17 assists this season. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin finished with a game-low minus-three rating. Sidney Crosby had four penalty minutes.
Chris Kunitz plays in 600th NHL game | 11/16/2013 10:54 AM
NewsChris Kunitz played in his 600th NHL game on Friday.
ImpactKunitz, who has eight goals and 16 points in 19 games for the Penguins, did not plan anything special for the milestone. "It doesn't really have any significance to it," Kunitz said. 'It's nice to be a part and play in this league. It's not something that's just given. The accomplishment is being able to play that many games"
Kunitz (game-time decision) plays Wednesday | 11/07/2013 10:42 AM
NewsChris Kunitz was able to play on Wednesday after being referred to as a game-time decision by coach Dan Bylsma.
ImpactKunitz has taken some maintenance days lately. He ended up registering an assist in Pittsburgh's 5-1 loss Wednesday night.
| 11/07/2013 1:54 AM
NewsChris Kunitz returned to action on Wednesday November 6.
Kunitz will be a game-time decision Wednesday | 11/06/2013 12:59 PM
NewsChris Kunitz (undisclosed) is a game-time decision on Wednesday, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
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ImpactFor his part, Kunitz thinks he's healthy enough to play despite taking some maintenance days lately. He has eight goals and 15 points in 15 games this season.
Chris Kunitz doesn't skate Tuesday | 11/05/2013 12:39 PM
NewsChris Kunitz is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
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ImpactKunitz didn't skate on Tuesday. The Penguins still consider him probable for Wednesday's contest.
Chris Kunitz has a goal in 4 straight games | 11/03/2013 12:08 PM
NewsPittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz has a goal in four consecutive games after continuing that trend versus Columbus on Saturday.
ImpactHe has 15 points in 15 contests, with great peripherals (+12, 10 PIM and 52 SOG). Who knows what he would do without Sidney Crosby, but fantasy owners don't care.
Kunitz scores in Penguins' victory | 11/01/2013 9:58 PM
NewsChris Kunitz found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win over Columbus on Friday.
ImpactKris Letang, Jayson Megna, and Brandon Sutter each scored for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin assisted on two of Pittsburgh's four goals.
Chris Kunitz on way to another solid year | 10/05/2013 10:02 PM
NewsChris Kunitz notched a goal for the Penguins as they took down the Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night.
ImpactKunitz posted career highs last season as the perks of playing on Sidney Crosby's line are clear. We expect him to get around 25-30 goals this year, but he probably won't finish with over a point-per-game. Other goals scorers for the Pens: Crosby, Craig Adams and Chuck Kobasew. Matt Niskanen chipped in with two assists.
Chris Kunitz dominant vs. Red Wings | 09/25/2013 10:06 PM
NewsChris Kunitz registered two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 preseason victory over Detroit.
ImpactKunitz appears to be picking up where he left off when he enjoyed a career season in 2012-13. Pascal Dupuis, Craig Adams and Jussi Jokinen all found the back of the net for Pittsburgh while Marc-Andre Fleury played the entire game in goal and stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win. Drew Miller was the lone goal scorer for the Wings while Petr Mrazek played the entire game between the pipes.
Chris Kunitz lands 3-year extension from Pens | 06/27/2013 11:07 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Chris Kunitz to a three-year, $11.55 million extension.
ImpactHe has one year left on his current deal and then he'll earn a $125,000 annual raise, with a $3.85 million cap hit. Kunitz enjoyed an excellent 2013 campaign with 22 goals and 52 points in 48 games. He has benefited from being able to play alongside Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in recent years, but that doesn't take away from his tenacity and his ability to put the puck in the net.
Kunitz pots only Pens' goal in deflating loss | 06/06/2013 12:46 AM
NewsChris Kunitz scored the lone goal for the Penguins in their 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
ImpactKunitz roofed home a goal 8:51 into the second period on a nifty centering, backhand pass from Paul Martin. But it was all that Pittsburgh could manage to get past Tuukka Rask. Despite the loss, the Penguins did everything they needed to do to get back into the series, playing a much more urgent and structured game. They outshot and outchanced the Bruins by a considerable margin, playing their best game but still falling short. Deflating in every sense of the word as they are now down 3-0 in the series. Evgeni Malkin had 21 shot attempts, getting 10 on goal, while Kris Letang had eight shots on net and led the team with 40:50 of ice time. Sidney Crosby had three shots on goal, and he hasn't scored in four games.
Time off good for recovering Penguins | 06/01/2013 10:47 AM
NewsThe time off between games has been a blessing for a number of the Penguin players.
ImpactChris Kunitz seems to have benefited from the break as he reported that an unspecified injury he sustained in the Ottawa series had improved. Evgeni Malkin is also believed to be feeling better as his shoulder injury is also less bothersome. This is good news for Pittsburgh supporters and owners of Malkin and Kunitz in playoff pools.
Chris Kunitz returns to practice Thursday | 05/30/2013 2:11 PM
NewsChris Kunitz was back at practice Thursday.
ImpactHe skated on his regular line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis in the session. Kunitz is believed to be dealing with an unspecified ailment that has prevented him from practicing in a couple of practices. However, it looks like he's OK to keep playing.
Chris Kunitz skips Wednesday's practice | 05/29/2013 11:51 AM
NewsChris Kunitz didn't take part in Wednesday's practice.
ImpactHe was the only played absent from the session and he wasn't on the ice Sunday either. Kunitz may be banged up heading into the Eastern Conference Finals, but we still expect him to play this weekend in Game 1 against Boston. We'll let you know if we hear otherwise though.
Chris Kunitz misses Sunday's skate | 05/27/2013 10:46 AM
NewsChris Kunitz skipped Sunday's practice.
ImpactKunitz might be playing with an injury sustained during Game 4. Either way, he's expected to be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
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||2||3 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Dec 5||4|
|Assists||2||3 times-last:vs. Tor||last:Nov 27||2|
|Points||3||2 times-last:vs. NYI||last:Nov 22||5|
|Penalty Minutes||4||2 times-last:at Bos||last:Dec 7||17|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. SJ||Dec 5||4|
|Power Play Goals||2||vs. NYI||Nov 22||2|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. NYI||Nov 22||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||31 times-last:at Bos||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||31 times-last:at Bos||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shots||9||vs. NYI||Oct 25||6|
|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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