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16. Chris Kunitz

16. Chris Kunitz

Chris Kunitz was traded from the Anaheim Ducks late in 2008-09 season with the hope that he would provide potency to the Penguins' second line ahead of their playoff run.  That is precisely what he would do.

Kunitz helped the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup, and he would score 14 Points in the post-season.  The Left Winger was not a player who was going to lead the lead in any traditional metric, but he could check with the best of them and live up to the cliché of leaving it all on the ice.

Kunitz was surprisingly named a First Team All-Star in the strike-shortened 2012-13 season, and he would later assist the Penguins in winning the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup.  Kunitz signed with Tampa Bay as a Free Agent after his third Cup win, and he would score 388 Points overall for the team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Left Wing
  • Acquired: Traded from the Anaheim Ducks with Eric Tangradi for Ryan Whitney 2/26/09.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning 7/1/17.
  • Games Played: 569
  • Notable Statistics: 169 Goals
    219 Assists
    388 Points
    389 PIM
    0.68 PPG
    +126 Plus/Minus
    49.1 Point Shares
    76 Points in 136 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (2009, 2016 & 2017)
    First Team All-Star (2013)

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