Kunin signs two-year, $4.6 million contract with Predators


Luke Kunin signed a two-year, $4.6 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $2.3 million. 

The 23-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, was traded to Nashville with a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft (Adam Wilsby) by the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 7 for forward Nick Bonino and second- and third-round picks in the 2020 draft.

“Such a great organization, great fan base, great players and I’m just very much looking forward to starting off there and doing whatever I can to help us have success,” Kunin said after the trade. “Whatever they think that I need to fill, I’m willing to do that but I definitely think I have the talent to play with some very skilled players like they have there and help them have success offensively.” 

Kunin scored NHL career highs in goals (15), assists (16) and points (31) in 63 games for the Wild last season. He scored two goals in their four-game loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers, his first NHL postseason. 

“He plays in all situations, he plays the center, he plays the wing, he plays what I would call a hard game, he has a lot of energy, a lot of bite to him, power play, penalty killing,” general manager David Poile said after the Predators acquired Kunin. “I think he is just a good all-around player that is going to get better and better.” 

Selected by Minnesota with the No. 15 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Kunin has scored 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) in 131 regular-season games. 

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