NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract.

Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons, contributing a total of 25 points to help them hoist the Cup twice — including against the Predators last month. He averaged 33 points during two regular seasons in Pittsburgh.

The 29-year-old from Hartford, Connecticut, has 75 goals and 187 points in his eight-year career. He played for the Anaheim Ducks during his first five years in the NHL before having a one-season stay in Vancouver and a two-year run with the Penguins.

The Predators need him in part because they traded center Colin Wilson to the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round pick in 2019. Nashville drafted Wilson No. 7 overall in 2008 and he had 95 goals and 237 points for the franchise.

“Colin brings experience and depth to our lineup,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “He’s a two-way player who plays a strong game and is a good pro.”

Nashville general manager David Poile, recently named the NHL’s top executive, cleared some salary-cap space by parting ways with Wilson. He will count $4 million against Colorado’s cap the next two seasons.

The Predators also brought back forward Scott Hartnell with a one-year, $1 million deal, adding depth up front for a franchise that lost James Neal to Vegas in the expansion draft.

Hartnell spent his first six seasons in Nashville after he was drafted No. 6 overall in 2000. Hartnell went on to play for the Philadelphia Flyers for seven seasons, becoming a first-time All-Star in 2012. He spent the past two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring 13 goals and adding 24 assists last season. He has 314 career goals and 683 points.

Nashville also added goaltender depth, signing Matt O’Connor with a one-year deal that will pay him $650,000 if he plays in the league or $75,000 if he plays in the AHL.



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