MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Nashville Predators traded heart Nick Bonino to the Minnesota Wild for ahead Luke Kunin on Wednesday, a swap on the second day of the NHL draft that despatched two picks to the Wild and one again to the Predators.
The 32-year-old Bonino will carry a $4.1 million wage cap hit within the ultimate season of the four-year, $16.Four million contract he signed with Nashville. Bonino tied for second on the Predators with 18 objectives this season in 67 video games, additionally contributing 17 assists, a plus-17 ranking and 89 blocked pictures. He’s a left-shot participant with 11 years within the NHL who will assist fill a void at heart whereas becoming a member of his fifth totally different crew.
“I didn’t anticipate to be doing a press convention this morning once I awakened, however right here we’re and I’m simply attempting to make one of the best of it,” Bonino mentioned on a video convention name with reporters.
He added: “I believe you all the time hope to meet your contract and play by means of it. Clearly I’ve been getting traded over Twitter for the final three years. You’re all the time seeing rumors round, and also you by no means know if it’s true or not.”
Bonino has performed in 98 profession playoff video games since debuting with the Anaheim Geese in 2010. Wild normal supervisor Invoice Guerin was in Pittsburgh’s entrance workplace throughout Bonino’s stint with the Penguins from 2015-17.
Kunin, who was Minnesota’s first-round draft choose in 2016, the 15th total choice, had 15 objectives and 16 assists in 63 video games with a minus-10 ranking for the Wild in 2019-20 in his first full NHL season. The 22-year-old, who has performed heart and proper wing, has 23 objectives and 29 assists in 131 profession video games. He can be a restricted free agent.
Guerin has made three trades this week and 5 within the final month, jettisoning Kunin, goalie Devan Dubnyk, ahead Ryan Donato and heart Eric Staal. The Wild have acquired in return three forwards able to taking part in heart: Bonino, Marcus Johansson and Nick Bjugstad.
The Predators packaged second-round (37th total) and third-round (70th total) picks with Bunino and acquired a fourth-rounder (101st total) from the Wild together with Kunin.
Taking Bonino off the books was the most recent salary-clearing transfer by Predators normal supervisor David Poile, who additionally put heart Kyle Turris and defenseman Steven Santini on unconditional waivers. Turris had 4 years and $24 million left on his deal, so his buyout means he’ll depend $2 million in opposition to Nashville’s cap for the following eight seasons.
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