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Nick Bonino | Center | #13

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
College: Boston University
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 6 (173) / SJ
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The Penguins would like to bring back pending unrestricted free agent Nick Bonino.
Pittsburgh told their free agents to test the market and if they can match the contract offers then they will. If the Penguins can't re-sign Bonino then they will look for a bottom-six center in free agency. Jun 24 - 10:26 AM

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Nick Bonino broke his leg in Game 2 but continued to play.

Reminiscent of Bobby Baun in the Stanley Cup Final of 1964, Bonino blocked a shot in the first period, broke his leg completely and then managed to play the last two periods as well. He could not play in the remainder of the series (unlike Baun who took a painkiller and played in Game 7 against Detroit after scoring the overtime winner in Game 6 on the broken leg) but was on the ice trying to skate before the team determined he could not go. "A little bit crazy, yeah," Bonino admitted. "The tibia was cracked all the way through. I think people assumed when I tried it, it was getting better, but it was getting worse. I just wanted to see if there was one chance to do it, we would try. Put a lot of medicine into it and wasn't able to push off like I wanted to." That's a hockey player!
Jun 12 - 9:16 AM

Nick Bonino is the only Penguin not to skate with the rest of his teammates at practice.

It doesn't look good for Bonino's chances of playing in Game 6 tomorrow night in Nashville. He will likely be a game-time decision, but speculation surrounding the team is that Bonino is dealing with a broken foot. The Penguins are one win away from repeating as Stanley Cup Champions.
Jun 10 - 12:37 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) is not on the ice for the pre-game warmup.

Pens head coach Mike Sullivan called Bonino a game-time decision, but it doesn't look like he's going to suit up tonight. Many have speculated that Bonino has a broken foot.
Jun 8 - 7:45 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) is being termed as a game-time decision for Thursday's contest, per Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

It would be surprising if Bonino ended up playing though. He didn't join the Penguins for Wednesday's practice and wasn't on the ice Thursday morning either. Bonino has missed two straight games due to the injury.
Jun 8 - 12:21 PM

Nick Bonino didn't participate in Wednesday's practice and remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Bonino has sat out the last two games and it remains uncertain if he will be available for Game 5 against Nashville on Thursday night.
Jun 7 - 12:49 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) briefly took part in Game 4's warm-ups Monday, but left the ice early and he didn't play for a second straight contest.

"He didn't feel strong enough as though he felt he could help our team win," coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday. "That's why the decision was made not to put him in the lineup. He's certainly a tough guy to replace for us." Bonino is eager to get back into the lineup, but it remains unclear if he will ready to play on Thursday night.
Jun 6 - 6:14 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) will miss Game 4 Monday night.

Bonino was called a game-time decision, but it would have been surprising if he played. Though he has skated, he's also been seen using crutches and a walking boot after blocking a shot in Game 2.
Jun 5 - 8:07 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) was described as a game-time decision for Game 4 on Monday by Penguins coach Mike Sullivan.

Bonino was seen on Monday still wearing a walking boot and using crutches, so it would be pretty surprising if he ended up playing in Game 4. That being said, Bonino did manage to join the Penguins for some of Sunday's practice, so nothing can be completely dismissed.
Jun 5 - 1:09 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) managed to get through most of Sunday's full practice.

That bodes well for the Penguins who missed the winger in Game 3 after he blocked a shot with his foot in the previous game. "I think it's not fun, but it's day-to-day," Bonino said. "We'll see what happens (Monday). It was fun to get out there and try to move it a little bit. At the end of the day, if it's not great, you don't do it. If it's in a position to be played on and help the team, then we will. We all know the stakes here. I'm not going to make bad decisions at this time of year." Bonino has not counted himself out of Game 4 on Monday so stay tuned.
Jun 5 - 9:09 AM

Nick Bonino (lower body) said that he's still day-to-day after skating briefly on Sunday.

Bonino was seen in a walking boot and using crutches, but he still managed to test his injury. Bonino didn't play in Game 3 after blocking a shot off his foot in Game 2. "It’s not fun," Bonino said after skating. "It’s day-to-day, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. I just wanted to get out there and try to move a little bit." It would be surprising to see him draw back into the lineup on Monday, but very little can be ruled out in the Stanley Cup Final.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 4 - 5:04 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) skated briefly Sunday afternoon.

Bonino was only on the ice for a matter of minutes, but the fact that he skated at all was a pleasant surprise. Keep in mind that earlier in the day he was seen entering Bridgestone Arena in a walking boot and crutches and he was also seen in the same condition Saturday evening. Bonino blocked a shot off his foot in Game 2 and didn't play in Game 3.
Jun 4 - 3:01 PM

According to Dan Rosen, Nick Bonino was in a suit, using crutches and wearing a walking boot when heading into the Bridgestone Arena prior to Game 3.

It's a tough blow for the Penguins, as they'll look to go up 3-0 in the series and they'll have to do so without their number three center. It's unclear who will enter the lineup in Bonino's place. He has seven points in 21 playoff contests this year.
Jun 3 - 7:08 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) isn't taking part in Pittsburgh's practice on Saturday afternoon.

It's important to note that this is an optional skate, but Bonino was spotted using crutches and a walking boot on Friday. The Penguins have already announced that Bonino will be a game-time decision for Game 3 on Saturday night. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist, Ron Hainsey and Brian Dumoulin are also not taking part in practice, but each one of them is expected to play.
Jun 3 - 12:40 PM

Nick Bonino (lower body) was spotted using crutches in Nashville on Friday.

Bonino was also in a walking boot. The Penguins have already announced that he'll be a game-time decision for Game 3 on Saturday night. We'll know more about his availability tomorrow.
Source: The Score
Jun 2 - 7:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Scott Wilson
5Chris Kunitz
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Ryan Reaves
6Carter Rowney
7Josh Archibald
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Trevor Daley
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Ron Hainsey
7Brian Dumoulin
8Chad Ruhwedel
9Mark Streit
G1Matt Murray
2Tristan Jarry