If the Calgary Flames are looking to add experience for a playoff run, Chris Kunitz might be a depth option.
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and was asked about his related mention in this week’s 31 Thoughts blog.
“I think they might aim maybe a bit higher than that for a depth forward,” allowed Friedman. “But I think that if you’re circling around and you’re looking for someone who can be a guy around, I think he makes a lot of sense.
“Kunitz, this is probably his last year. He’s not having a super season. First of all, I really like that guy. I’ve watched him a lot in playoffs. He’s this competitive S.O.B., and I say that in the nicest possible way - it’s a compliment. He is something else, that guy.
“And again, he’s not the guy he used to be and this is probably it for him. But if you need an extra body and you circle back around at the deadline, I think he would be a great guy to have around.
“I think that he’s probably still got something left in him that if you had him in a playoff series, there’s a chance that A) he helps your team emotionally, but B) also he’s the kind of guy that I wouldn’t be surprised if he made one play in the playoffs that you look at and said, ‘Boy, did we need that at the right time.’
“I have a lot of time for Chris Kunitz. I’ve seen him enough. I’ve seen the way that he prepares and handles himself. This is a guy who was a total longshot to make it and what’s he won, four Cups?
“I’ve got a lot of time for that guy, and I think if you’re looking for a depth player just to have around you in a playoff run - boy, you could do a hell of a lot worse than him.”
Kunitz is on a one-year, $1 million contract that was signed on the opening day of free agency, and that pact contains a no-move clause.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly