A source has informed the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that four-time Stanley Cup champion Chris Kunitz is contemplating retirement and may make a career change and go into coaching.
Kunitz will turn 40 before the start of the 2019-20 season on Sept. 26 and is set to become an unrestricted free agent after playing this past season on a one-year, $1 million contract for the Chicago Blackhawks, recording five goals and 10 points in 56 games.
The source has revealed that Kunitz could make a shift into coaching seeing that he has already received several potential options to become an NHL assistant.
Kunitz played nine seasons with the Penguins, producing 169 goals and 388 points in 569 games. His last season with them was 2016-17 before he signed with the Lightning that summer after winning his fourth Cup, his third with Pittsburgh.
He also helped the Ducks win the Cup in 2006-07 and was traded to the Penguins during the 2008-09 season along with Eric Tangradi for Ryan Whitney.