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New Lightning forward Chris Kunitz: Not fancy, but plenty formidable

July 12th, 2017 at 7:02 PM
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TAMPA â?? Monday was Chris Kunitz’s day with the Stanley Cup. To celebrate, his children ate breakfast out of the Cup.

Lucky Charms, milk and all.

“We figured fourth time is the charm,” Kunitz said.

It was a bittersweet day in that he said hello to an old friend â?? he has won four Cups â?? but also said goodbye to his life as a member of the Penguins after nine seasons in Pittsburgh.

“Just a closing of a chapter,” Kunitz, 37, said Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

The new chapter begins next season in Tampa with Kunitz a key offseason free-agent pickup for the Lightning.

The forward brings 161 games worth of playoff experience to a team that is looking to rebound from last season’s injury-marred campaign that left the Lightning just short of reaching the postseason.

He brings 14 years worth of NHL experience and a little grit to a team that could use some.

When Kunitz signed a one-year, $2 million contract July 1, general manager Steve Yzerman described him as a hard guy to play against.

Kunitz explained why.

“I try to play a straight-…

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