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Newest Lightning F Chris Kunitz meets the Tampa Bay media

Dirk Shadd | Times



New Lightning forward Chris Kunitz met with the Tampa Bay media today. Here are some things he had to say about his new team:

On his style of play:

"I try to play a straightforward game, straight lines, try to be physical on the forecheck, turn pucks over, go to the front of the net, go around the battle areas, go through people rather than around them. I'm not a guy who's going to skate through the natural zone and make a bunch of fancy plays, but I'm going to try and be a guy that brings that physical aspect to the game and someone who makes it tough to play against."

On why he signed with the Lightning:

"The Lightning have an unbelievable chance to win a Stanley Cup and that's the reason why we came here."

On how close is this team to winning a Cup:

"I would say it's in those top three or four teams that everybody would agree they're just that close. When healthy, any team with this dynamic of a roster can beat everybody every single night. They have position players who can win a game on their own, like a goaltender or dynamic forwards or D-men who can step up. (We) have to be one of the favorite teams that can go in and try to make a run at it."

On what he expects his role to be:

"I understand that they want me to come and play my game. They don't want me to change to anything different. My understanding is be that straight line player, go to those hard areas. Someone that might get moved around the lineup, but hopefully that's for the better. Trying to find different combinations, he's not set on too many things from what I've seen in the past."

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