A broken left tibia apparently wasn't enough to prevent new Predators center Nick Bonino from attempting to play in Nashville. His lower leg fractured by a P.K. Subban shot in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 31, Bonino, then with the Pittsburgh Penguins, briefly warmed up two games later at Bridgestone Arena. The pain was too intolerable to overcome, but an impression was made. “To see that intensity that the city had for the playoffs and then to experience it in the 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.” The Predators highlighted an active first day of free agency Saturday by signing Bonino to a four-year, $16.4 million contract. A key role player on Pittsburgh's back-to-back championship teams, Bonino is a clutch two-way forward. The 29-year-old primarily was a third-line center for the Penguins, playing behind superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. But Bonino, who had 18 goals and 37 points last season, is skilled enough to play higher in the lineup. He also can contribute on both special-teams units, so he will be tasked with bolstering the Predators' power play and penalty kill. Bonino led NHL forwards last season with 99 blocked shots.
Predators see Penguins role player Nick Bonino contributing more with Nashville
Tennessean | Jul 2