The last time Nick Bonino was inside Bridgestone Arena, he'd reached the pinnacle of the hockey world. A champagne shower poured over him and his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates, who'd just clinched the 2017 Stanley Cup over the Nashville Predators.

Nearly a month later, with the glory of a Stanley Cup victory still fresh on his mind, Bonino returned to Nashville.

This time, as the newest member of the Predators.


"I'm not coming here thinking I'll be the guy to bring (a Stanley Cup)," Bonino said at his introductory press conference Thursday morning. "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."

Bonino, who signed four-year, $16.4 million dollar contract with the team Saturday, just wrapped up his eighth season in the NHL, including the previous two with Pittsburgh, where he won back-to-back titles. Bonino primarily was slotted in as a third-line center for a deep Penguins team, scoring 18 goals with 19 assists in 80 games last season.