NHL franchise the Pittsburgh Penguins continued their bust off-season today, as they signed forward Chris Kunitz to a three-year contract extension. 

The deal, which officially begins at the start of the 2014/15 season, will earn him around $3.85m a year. 

Kunitz, 33, who plays in the Penguins first line alongside Sidney Crosby, has found unparalleled success since joining the Pittsburgh outfit in 2009. 

Last season he scored a term-high 22 goals and 52 points, the second best tally on the Penguins roster. His nine power-play goals also represented the second most impressive figures of any Pittsburgh player. 

The left winger, who won the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks, joined the Penguins in 2009.

His signing comes two weeks after the club tied down franchise centre Evgeni Malkin to a new long-term deal. 

The second overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, the 26-year-old Russian has been with the Penguins throughout his career, helping Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup final series.

Pittsburgh still face some major decisions in the close season, with star defender Kris Letang, who was a Norris Trophy finalist, also in the final year of his contract.  


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