Nick Bonino looped around the SAP Center ice surface Wednesday, his first practice or morning skate with his Predators teammates since suffering a lower-body injury Oct. 14. The Predators’ viewings of the veteran center, who signed a four-year contract worth $16.4 million July 1, mostly have been limited to non-game situations. Recovery from a broken tibia suffered during the Stanley Cup Final prevented Bonino from playing in the preseason. Without game action to assimilate into Nashville's system, Bonino's on-the-job training began in the Predators' season opener Oct. 5, then ended nine days later. The Predators list Bonino as "day-to-day," though he's on injured reserve and hasn't played in nearly three weeks. His agent told The Tennessean on Oct. 18 that he believed Bonino was "going to be out a couple of weeks." "He’s a guy that’s an experienced player (that) certainly could help us in a top-nine situation,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “Whether it’s top three, top six or top nine, somewhere in that role to have him there, a guy with his experience and what he’s able to bring. "Even when he was in the lineup, I think he was coming back and trying to find his way off of what he was dealing with through the summer and his long run in the playoffs.” The Predators need to boost their league-worst five-on-five offense, which has 13 goals in 12 games. They also have generated 197 five-on-five scoring chances, second-fewest before Thursday's games, according to naturalstattrick.com.
Predators still waiting to see what they have in Nick Bonino
Tennessean | Nov 2