Nick Bonino has been signed to a 3 year extension worth 1.6 million per year, as reported by multiple sources. Bonino is the 4th Duck to be recently signed to a multi-year contract worth between 1 and 2 million, joined by Frederick Andersen, Kyle Palmieri and Ben Lovejoy. Bonino has shown versatility, playing center from the 2nd-4th lines, a moderate amount of PP acumen, and a penchant for timely goals as highlighted by his Game 5 OT winner in the first round of last years playoffs. A few thoughts on the signing:
-1.6 million is a very fair price to pay for Bonino's talent level.
-With the cap expected to rise as much as 10 million in the next two years, many pundits are expecting to see the price of 2nd tier players explode. With many if not most elite players locked up with monster contracts, teams with money are presumably going to enter bidding wars for 2nd tier guys to give them that edge. See: David Clarkson. If this reasonable scenario plays out, Murray is expertly managing his assets for once.
-If the centers of the future behind Getzlaf are Perreault, Bonino and Rakell, Boudreau may seem to roll 3 moderately talented scoring lines behind PPG. While this certainly brings balance to the team, does the failure to pursue an upgrade limit the potential of young wingers Silfverberg, Etem, and Palmieri? Will they perpetually be in that 2-3-4th line limbo?
-Who will score that next bridge contract? My prediction: Cogs @ 2.5 or DSP @ 1.3.