Regular Season Stats
GP:71 G:9 A:20 PTS:29 +/-:0 PIM:36
GP:20 G:2 A:9 PTS:11 +/- 6 PIM:27
Player Grade: B
I gave Chris Kunitz a B based on how well he did in the role he was given this season. Because he is aging Kunitz took on a bottom six role for most of the season, he occasionally played a top six role. He was arguably our most physical presence all season. The reason his grade wasn’t higher was the fact that we are paying him $3.85 M.
Despite Kunitz’s diminished role, he still came up big when he was needed. He factored in on two of the biggest moments for the 2016-2017 season. He scored a goal against Winnipeg that was assisted by Crosby and thus giving Crosby 1,000 points. He also scored the double OT winner in the ECF against Ottawa to send the Penguins to the SCF.
After being one of the longest tenured Penguins on the current team, Kunitz signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a one year, $2 million contract. He will play a similar role to boost Tampa’s bottom-6.