Pens sign Kunitz to 3-year extension
Sidney Crosby will keep at least one linemate around for the long haul.
General manager Ray Shero says the new deal, which begins in 2014-15, will carry an annual salary cap hit of $3.85 million.
The 33-year-old Kunitz has flourished since the Penguins acquired him from Anaheim in February 2009. Splitting time between Crosby and Malkin's lines this season, Kunitz led the Penguins with 22 goals and finished second on the team with 52 points. He added five goals and five assists during the playoffs, including one of the two goals Pittsburgh scored during a four-game sweep by Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.
The extension continues Shero's decision to maintain the core group that led the Penguins to the second-best record in the NHL this spring. The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a two-year extension shortly after the season ended then promptly inked Malkin to an eight-year extension.
Crosby, Kunitz and Dupuis formed hockey's most productive line in 2013, combining for 144 points even with Crosby missing the final third of the season with a broken jaw.