Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino

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The Nashville Predators signed center Nick Bonino of Hartford, Connecticut to a four year deal worth $16.4 million on Saturday. The Predators are trying to pick up one of the players who beat them in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals as Bonino played last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

In 80 games during the 2016-17 regular season, Bonino had 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points. He was also a -5 with 16 penalty minutes, six power play goals, 11 power play points, one shorthanded goal, one game winning goal, 142 shots on goal, 582 faceoff wins, 60 hits, 99 blocked shots, 41 takeaways and 24 giveaways. 

Playing a more defensive style of game, Bonino set career highs in hits and blocked shots and also tied a career high in shorthanded goals. As a result, he received Selke Trophy consideration. 

The Predators become Bonino's fourth team. In addition to the Penguins, Bonino has played for the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks. Bonino was drafted by the San Jose Sharks but did not play for them. He was traded from the Sharks to the Ducks in the deal that saw Travis Moen go from Anaheim to San Jose on March 4, 2009.