Chris Kunitz has become a beloved member

Chris Kunitz has become a beloved member of the Pittsburgh Penguins wholesale jerseys. He has helped them win the Stanley Cup twice. He has helped Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each win the Hart Trophy as most valuable player and Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium paraded seven penguins into Heinz Field before the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Each penguin was named for a Penguin. Of course, one was named Kunitz.

But Kunitz didn’t know that was going to happen eight years ago. All he knew was he had been traded for the first time in his NHL career.

“I mean, when you say shocked, it’s an understatement for how much your world crumbles,” Kunitz said .

This is something to keep in mind as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. As general managers work the phones, analysts opine and speculate, and fans hope their teams improve, players and families stress.

Once an undrafted free agent out of Ferris State who had spent two years in the minors and been claimed on waivers twice, Kunitz had shown he could score in the League, proven he could play on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and helped the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2007. He had signed a four-year contract extension. He thought he would be in Anaheim for a long time.