Kunitz signs extension
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Chris Kunitz to a four-year contract extension (beginning in 2008-2009). Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.I'll have the terms up here as soon as I have them.
“Chris has been a very important multi-dimensional player for us the last two seasons, providing skill, physical play and leadership,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “We are very pleased to have him signed prior to his eligibility as an unrestricted free agent next summer.”
Kunitz has been a real bargain for the Ducks so far in his career, and is due for just more than a $1-million cap hit this season.
UPDATE Reports have this one at just under $15-million over the four years, a relative bargain for a player who has averaged 24 goals and 56 points on an 82-game basis the past two years.
Undrafted coming out of Ferris State and on waivers as recently as 2005-06, Kunitz will have a $3.725-million cap hit over the four years beginning in 2008-09, and even if he only puts up the 25-goal, 60-point type seasons he did last year, that's a fair range.
He's certainly a late bloomer given he'll enter the season at 28 years old with just 171 NHL games played.