Jun 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) skates with the puck against the Boston Bruins during the first period in game two of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. the Boston Bruins won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins Sign Chris Kunitz to Three-Year Extension

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz is now a richer man, thanks to a three-year contract extension with the team. Pittsburgh has been busy locking up their players and extending contracts since being eliminated from the postseason, but they aren’t out of the clear just yet.

The Penguins announced the signing on their official website Thursday morning:

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued a busy off-season Thursday, signing forward Chris Kunitz to a three-year contract extension. The deal, which kicks in at the start of the 2014-15 season, has an average annual value of 3.85 million,according to the club.

Kunitz was one of the Penguins most productive players this season, so the contract extension is certainly deserved.

This past year, Kunitz led the team in goals with 22 and ranked second on the team in points (52), power play goals (9) and his plus-30 rating.

The next question for Pittsburgh is what to do with defenseman Kris Letang. who is entering the final year of his deal. Pittsburgh has taken care of their own so far, but Letang’s price tag could prove to be too expensive.

His contract will likely be the team’s next focus.

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