Wild deal Luke Kunin to Predators for Nick Bonino: Who won the trade? – The Athletic

Day 2 of the NHL Draft started with a splash for the Wild and Predators, as Minnesota dealt forward Luke Kunin and the No. 101 pick to Nashville in exchange for center Nick Bonino and picks Nos. 37 and 70.

The Athletic’s Wild writer Michael Russo and Predators writer Adam Vingan break down the trade.

What the Wild are getting in Bonino

Vingan: Bonino, who has one year and $4.1 million remaining on his contract, was the Predators’ best trade asset. He had 35 points in each of the past two seasons and centered one of the most productive forward lines in the NHL last season. When Bonino, Rocco Grimaldi and Craig Smith were on the ice at five-on-five, the Predators outscored opponents 29-11, according to MoneyPuck. Wild general manager Bill Guerin is familiar with Bonino from their Stanley Cup-winning days with the Pittsburgh Penguins, so he knows exactly what he is getting in the responsible center. 

What the Predators are getting…

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