Posted June 27, 2013 on AP on Fox

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 20: Left wing Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the St. Louis Blues on October 20, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Chris Kunitz have agreed on a three-year contract extension. The deal, announced Thursday, begins in 2014 and runs through the 2016-17 season. Kunitz has flourished in Pittsburgh while playing with stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Kunitz led the Penguins with 22 goals this season and was second on the team with 52 points. Malkin agreed to an eight-year extension earlier this month. Pittsburgh is also negotiating with defenseman Kris Letang and forwards Pascal Dupuis and Matt Cooke, both of whom will become free agents next month. General manager Ray Shero says the contract will carry an annual salary cap hit of $3.85 million.
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