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Nick Bonino | Center | #13

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
College: Boston University
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 6 (173) / SJ
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Nick Bonino elected not to have surgery from the broken left tibia he sustained in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Bonino was seen wearing a walking boot on Thursday, but he is making progress in his recovery. He signed a four-year, $16.4 million contract with the Predators on July 1, which potentially sets him up as the team's second-line center. "I'm not coming here thinking I'll be the guy to bring (a Stanley Cup)," Bonino said. "I'm just coming here to help a team that was really good the last few years maybe get a little better, and do anything I can to help." Jul 7 - 5:03 AM

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There is a very good chance that Nick Bonino could slot in as the Predators' second line center next season.

Although in Pittsburgh he played behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Bonino could line up up just behind Ryan Johansen on the Nashville depth chart especially if Mike Fisher retires and Colton Sissons and Calle Jarnkrork play on the wing. Keep an eye on Bonino's role during training camp.
Jul 2 - 12:19 PM

Nick Bonino has inked a four-year, $16.4 million deal with the Nashville Predators.

This is a huge signing for the Preds as Mike Fisher is likely headed to retirement and the team needed a strong two-way pivot to replace him. Bonino registered 37 points in 80 games and will be a very useful addition, especially in the playoffs where he tends to shine.
Jul 1 - 12:29 PM

Nick Bonino will reportedly be signing with the Nashville Predators, per TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger points out that he'll be signing a four-year deal to go to Nashville. This is a good signing by the Preds, as Bonino is one of the better two-way centers available on the free-agent market. After winning back-to-back Stanley Cups as Pittsburgh's number three center, Bonino will now have the opportunity to go to a good team and be second on the depth chart. The 29-year-old had 18 goals and 37 points in 80 games with the Pens last season.
Jul 1 - 11:22 AM

It looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins won't be able to bring back Nick Bonino.

Bonino had 18 goals and 37 points in 80 games last season. "I've stayed in touch with the agent to kind of stay in the loop, just to see where he felt this was going," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "It would appear that he will go to another team." The Penguins had interest in bringing back their third line center, but they were likely priced out of the market due to their cap situation.
Jul 1 - 4:35 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Nick Bonino
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Colton Sissons
5Frederick Gaudreau
LW1Filip Forsberg
2Kevin Fiala
3Scott Hartnell
4Cody McLeod
5Vladislav Kamenev
RW1Viktor Arvidsson
2Craig Smith
3Pontus Aberg
4Austin Watson
5Miikka Salomaki
D1P.K. Subban
2Roman Josi
3Ryan Ellis
4Mattias Ekholm
5Alexei Emelin
6Matt Irwin
7Yannick Weber
8Anthony Bitetto
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros