Chris Kunitz RUMORS & NEWS

  • Sheary’s in for Penguins in Game 2; Kunitz is a game-time decision

    Pro Hockey Talk "Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might look a little different in Game 2 on Saturday after that blistering Game 1. As the team down 1-0, it’s not too surprising that the Penguins boast the more significant lineup questions, although they lean toward health concerns rather..." April 30

  • Penguins forward Kunitz in lineup against Canucks "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz will be in the lineup Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks at Consol Energy Center (12:30 p.m. ET; SN, ROOT), coach Mike Sullivan said. Kunitz had been questionable with a lower-body injury. He has played in all 46 games for the Penguins this season,..." January 23

  • Hard-hitting Penguins veteran winger Kunitz is last of a dying breed

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Brooks Orpik now is punishing puck carriers in Washington. Deryk Engelland is doing the same in Calgary. Ditto for Simon Despres in Anaheim. Blake Comeau is knocking around defensemen in Denver, and Tanner Glass is teaching youngsters a thing or two with Hartford of the AHL. Matt Cooke,..." November 24

  • Enigmatic Kunitz eager to find range with Penguins this season

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins winger Chris Kunitz is the perfect, hard-working complement to all-world talents Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel, with whom he lined up Tuesday in the Penguins' preseason home opener. He could hit a career high in scoring with them, and his $3.85 million salary could be a..." September 23

  • Pens’ place Letang on IR, Kunitz to miss 2 weeks with a foot fracture

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pittsburgh Penguins may have squeezed out a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night thanks to a third period goal from Evgeni Malkin, but they’ll have to get used to life without two key pieces of their team. Defenseman Kris Letang (groin) has been placed on injured..." December 03

  • Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz could play Saturday "Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz practiced again Thursday, and coach Mike Johnston said they could be cleared to play in a preseason game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Crosby and Kunitz look good. I would expect if practice goes well [Friday], I'm..." September 25

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    Dave Molinari @MolinariPG

    Kunitz and Orpik won't play for the Penguins today. Bylsma says they are day-to-day. Both sat out game in Denver Sunday.

  • Penguins' Crosby, Kunitz in after one-game absences "The Pittsburgh Penguins will welcome back several players to their lineup when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. In addition to the noted return of defenseman Kris Letang, forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz returned to their normal positions on Pittsburgh's top line during the..." April 09

  • Kunitz will miss today’s game vs. Flyers

    Pro Hockey Talk "Although there was some hope that Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz (lower body) would return on Sunday, that won’t be the case. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma reported that Kunitz is “feeling well, but not well enough to be in today’s lineup,” according to This is his second straight game on..." March 16

  • Kunitz scores twice, Crosby once as Penguins edge Capitals, 3-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Hockey players like to talk about having to weather a storm to win a game, especially on the road. And, if the one the Penguins survived in the first half of the second period in their 3-2 victory Monday night against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center was a Category 5, it's only..." March 11

  • Carey Price starting for Canada in medal round; Kunitz back with Crosby

    Yahoo! Sports "Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will have the crease for Team Canada as they open the Sochi Olympic medal round against the winner of Switerzland and Latvia on Wednesday. Coach Mike Babcock confirmed that Price will get the nod. Price is 2-0-0 with a 0.98 GAA and a .943 save percentage,..." February 18

  • Babcock splits up Crosby and Kunitz for Finland game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Babcock was hesitant to “steal” from one line that’s already working to make another work better, but it appears that’s what Team Canada’s head coach has done ahead of tonight’s game versus Finland. At today’s pre-game skate, wingers Chris Kunitz and Martin St. Louis were off the first..." February 16

  • Babcock thinks Crosby and Kunitz ‘do a lot of good things together’

    Pro Hockey Talk "“Do you plan to leave [Chris Kunitz] with [Sidney Crosby]?” That was the question for Team Canada coach Mike Babcock, and here was his response: “Well, I’ve got lots of plans, but the day’s young and I haven’t been to curling yet, I haven’t been to the Russian game. We’ll see what happens...." February 15

  • Jeff Carter joins Crosby, Kunitz in first look at Canada's line combos

    CBS Sports "The answer to the question many wanted to know about Team Canada, who will Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz's linemate be, apparently has been answered: Jeff Carter. With the NHL players arriving in Sochi on Monday, Canada got together for their first practice in Russia, giving everybody a sneak..." February 10

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    Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

    And finally, Bylsma said that Chris Kunitz will be a game-time decision and Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net against NYR. #Pens

  • Kunitz, Penguins on verge of three-year extension

    TSN "Coming off a career year, Chris Kunitz is on the verge of signing a long-term extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports the Penguins are close to signing Kunitz to a three-year extension with total value likely to be in the $11-12 million range. Kunitz..." June 27

  • Penguins sign Kunitz to three-year extension

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins have signed left winger Chris Kunitz to a three-year contract extension. The deal, which will kick in for the 2014-15 season, carries a salary-cap hit of $3.85 million. He has one year remaining on a deal with a $3.725 cap hit. Kunitz was scheduled to become an unrestricted..." June 27

  • Kunitz records hat trick, Penguins whip Islanders, 5-1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Sidney Crosby still hasn't scored against goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in his career. His consolation Sunday night in the Penguins' 6-1 win against Nabokov and the New York Islanders was five assists. Which means Crosby's teammates were doing a whole lot of scoring, thanks at least in part to..." March 11

  • Kunitz not the biggest fan of plus-minus rating

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It's not that Chris Kunitz, who is assembling one of his best seasons, doesn't appreciate leading the NHL in any statistical category. It's just that the Penguins left winger doesn't feel all that strongly about the plus-minus rating. Kunitz entered the game Saturday night at Toronto tied for..." March 10

  • Kunitz leads Penguins over Islanders, 6-1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Chris Kunitz scored three goals to lead the Penguins to a 6-1 victory against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center tonight. It was his second hat trick of the season and fourth in the NHL. The Penguins have won five consecutive games and are 18-8. Kunitz, who also had two..." March 10

  • Kunitz, Crosby spark comeback as Penguins shoot down Flyers, 5-4

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Nobody turned over a table in the Penguins' dressing room during the first intermission at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night. Nobody launched into a high-decibel rant about his teammates' costly lapses in discipline or focus, either. Or even shattered a stick by smacking it off a..." March 08

  • Kunitz credits Crosby for scoring surge

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Left wing Chris Kunitz officially was awarded a fourth goal against the Washington Capitals 24 hours following the game and was also named No. 2 star of the week Monday. He knows where his bread is buttered. Kunitz gives much of the credit to his recent offensive outburst to his center, Sidney..." February 06

  • Vanek, Kunitz and Luongo named NHL's 'Three Stars' "Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek, Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Feb. 3. FIRST STAR -- THOMAS VANEK, LW, BUFFALO SABRES Vanek climbed to first place in the NHL scoring..." February 04

  • Malkin? Crosby? Kunitz can't lose on line decision

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It was a loaded question, to be sure. Which star center -- Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby -- does Penguns left winger Chris Kunitz prefer or think he's better with? "Umm ... " Kunitz began. It's something coach Dan Bylsma will have to determine, perhaps in the next 24 to 48..." March 09

  • Kunitz shootout goal lifts Penguins to victory over Blues

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "James Neal isn't interested in All-Star Games. He's interested in scoring goals and winning games. Just ask him. Neal, who still hasn't been named to the NHL All-Star Game, scored his 27th goal of the season, and Chris Kunitz scored the game-winner in a shootout to ignite the Penguins' 3-2..." January 25

  • Veteran forward Kunitz is content in his role with Penguins

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Ask Evgeni Malkin or James Neal, and they'll say without hesitation that teammate Chris Kunitz is always getting in the way. For instance, when Malkin was making a quick pass and Neal was scoring the game-tying goal Sunday, Kunitz was standing in the way. And earlier that game, when Kris..." January 24

  • Kunitz rallies Penguins to SO win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "There's a reason certain players have a go-to move in a shootout situation. Just ask Chris Kunitz. The Penguins winger could box and sell his approach -- make some moves, pull the goaltender out of position and slip the puck under him. He used it Saturday night on Jonathan Quick and won the..." November 06

  • Penguins wingers picking up scoring slack

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When the NHL trade deadline rolls around in about four months, the annual demand for Penguins general manager Ray Shero to acquire a scoring winger will erupt. But this time, such a move might be unnecessary. Despite not having the prodigious playmaking skills of centers Sidney Crosby and..." November 04

  • Penguins' Kunitz gets his points across

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Understand that Tony Granato has no special psychic powers. It was not a gift for seeing into the future that allowed him to predict a few days ago that Chris Kunitz was on the cusp of ending his season-long goal-scoring drought. Instead, it was a simple recognition of history, a grasp of..." October 20

  • Kunitz, Downie each suspended one game

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz were each handed one-game suspensions by the NHL on Tuesday after separate incidents that took place during Game 3 of their series on Monday night. Downie got the single-game ban for leaving his feet during a..." April 19

  • Pens' Kunitz, Lightning's Downie face hearing over hits

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Chris Kunitz of the Penguins and Tampa Bay winger Steve Downie will have hearings with the NHL today because of hits they threw during the Penguins' 3-2 victory Monday night against the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum. Seconds before Max Talbot scored the goal that put the Penguins in..." April 19

  • Core players rest up for playoffs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jordan Staal spent the day in street clothes. So did Chris Kunitz. James Neal and Paul Martin, too. Marc-Andre Fleury got the afternoon off, as well. Didn't matter. With nothing except a few statistics and personal achievements at stake in the Penguins' regular-season finale -- a 5-2..." April 11

  • Short-handed effort by Kunitz wasted

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "At the time, Chris Kunitz's shift as a penalty killer several minutes into the third period Sunday seemed like it might be the story of the Penguins' game against the New York Rangers. After Penguins winger Matt Cooke left his team short-handed for five minutes for elbowing New York's Ryan..." March 21