In a related move, the Pens placed Kunitz on IR and recalled Jake Guentzel from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Kunitz, 37, was originally hurt in last Wednesday’s blowout loss to Washington, but returned to play this weekend — and actually picked up three assists in games against the Isles and Sabres. The club hasn’t revealed the nature or severity of the injury, but the IR and week-to-week designation suggest it’s more than simply being banged up.
With Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist out — the latter is dealing with a concussion, also suffered in the aforementioned Caps game — the Pens had a decidedly new look up front at Monday’s practice.
The Pens are back in action tonight, when they host the Rangers at PPG Paints.