Chris Kunitz signs $11.55M extension

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and left winger Chris Kunitz have agreed on a three-year contract extension.

The deal, announced Thursday, is worth $11.55 million, a source told ESPN.com.

One year remains on Kunitz's current deal, which will pay him $3.75 million this season. The extension 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 said the contract will carry an annual salary cap hit of $3.85 million.