Penguins Free Agency Update I
The Pittsburgh Penguins have secured a deal with defenseman Matt Hunwick. The agent informed the team in the last half hour Hunwick will be signing with the Penguins. It will be a multi-year deal, a source says.
[Updated 12:00 p.m.: The deal is officially a 3 year, $6.75 million contract].
As reported here last night, Hunwick emerged on the Penguins radar and has been a player they’ve had interest in for a few seasons.
What the Penguins like is the skating ability to get out of trouble and feel he’ll be a natural in leading the breakout and has a good first pass. Hunwick doesn’t produce a lot of points but provides the Penguins with more versatility than Ron Hainsey.
Hunwick has shown the ability to log minutes as a bottom-pairing defenseman and on the PK. Coaches also rave about the type of person Hunwick is in the room.