By Maximillian C. Burgos | Contributing Writer
A broken left tibia was not enough to stop 29-year old, 8-year veteran, Nick Bonino from settling on a deal with the Nashville Predators. He has received a four-year, $16.4 million deal.
The veteran center played 80 regular season games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in this past year’s season collecting 18 goals and 19 assists.
Picture of Bonino…
He played 21 games in the postseason before he broke his left tibia by a shot from P.K Subban from the Predators. He did; however, warm up briefly two games later, but the pain was too intolerable from him to play. An impression was made on the Predators coaching staff though.
“To see that intensity that the city had for the playoffs and then to experience it in the [Stanley Cup Finals], I was trying to play on a broken leg, it made me that much closer to playing just in warmups,” Bonino said. “That crowd was amazing. It was so loud. It was so exciting. It was something that I think any player would be happy to play in front of.”
Since winning the Stanley Cup, the Penguins cannot seem to stop the bleeding with players leaving. The Predators took Bonino due to his display of heart in the Finals.
Bonino was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2007 as the 173rd pick in the sixth-round.
He played five decent years with the Anaheim Ducks, a year with the Vancouver Canucks, and the past two years with the Penguins winning back-to-back Stanley cups.
In his eight-years in the NHL, he played in 407 regular seasons games scoring 75 goals, 112 assists, and maintained a career +/- of 24.
Bonino was a key role player for the Penguins and a clutch two-way forward as the third line center. He is truly skilled even to play higher up in any other team in the NHL.
Though he played behind superstars like Sidney Crosby ad Evgeni Malkin, his loss will be felt by the Penguins. Losing the forward that led all other forwards with 99 blocked shots would be tough for any team to lose.
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