Monday, August 27, 2007

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.

“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.”
I'll have the terms up here as soon as I have them.

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.

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At 1:21 p.m., August 27, 2007, Anonymous Éric said...

Lesson learned! Other GMs take note.

At 1:26 p.m., August 27, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Lesson learned!

I assume you're talking about the Penner situation, but really, Kunitz was headed towards UFA status, not RFA status.

Decent signing, though.

At 2:22 p.m., August 27, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) A good deal for both sides. The Ducks have an inportant player signed long term for a reasonable sum, and Kunitz has job/finacial security.
2) Both took a risk here. If Kunitz waited the Ducks out a year and had an off year he wouldn't get nearly the same amount of $$ or years. On the other side if Kunitz falters the Ducks are stuck with him.

At 3:39 p.m., August 27, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

Kunitz is highly underrated around the league. Some would say he's leeching off McDonald and Selanne for the past two seasons, but he's the straw that stirs the drink on that line, as was witnessed during the playoffs when his injury neutralized the threat from the top unit.

At 4:48 p.m., August 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In NHL 07, Bob Cole pronounces it Koo-NEETS. Is that right?

At 4:52 p.m., August 27, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's supposed to be like so: KOO-hnitz


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