The Pens signed Chris Kunitz to a two year contract extension today with a cap hit of $3.725 M over the next two seasons. It will keep his cap number exactly the same as it is currently.
The two main knocks on Kunitz are
- Lack of size
- Becoming injury-prone (he missed 32 games in 09-10 and 16 games in 10-11)
Having said that, getting a top 6 forward with speed, who isn't afraid to be physical (despite his slight frame) is a big plus.
This move ensures that the Pens will have a solid top 6 locked in up front for next season. Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Kennedy and now Kunitz are under contract. James Neal is a restricted free agent, which means the Pens can retain him should they choose to. Dupuis and Letestu are also in that conversation (and under contract for next year).
Great move by Ray Shero.