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Bonino says he ‘gets by with his head and his hands’

Jun 29, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Nick Bonino AP

Many fans and media have been proclaiming the Anaheim Ducks the winner of the trade that sent Ryan Kesler to Southern California, but new Canucks forward Nick Bonino is hoping he can be a difference maker.

One of the criticisms of Bonino’s game has been his skating ability but, as Ben Kuzma of The Province shared, he’s hoping to make up for what he might lack with other skills.

“I think all my life I would say I’ve never been a bad skater, but some guys skate real well and I’ve been one of those guys who gets by with his head and his hands,” said Bonino. “Trying to make plays, being responsible — that’s what I’ll keep trying to do.”

Bonino, 26, had a career-year in Anaheim last season with 22 goals and 49 points. The big question surrounding him is whether it was a one-year flash-in-the-pan season or a true indication of what he can do if given more opportunity.

At the very least he’ll be making good use of his Boston University education and trying to outsmart opponents on the ice. Having a brain for the game can get you far.

  1. hosewater2 - Jun 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Let’s reserve judgment on this trade until Kesler has been hurt for a third of the season, alienated his teammates, and the team is underperforming, shall we?

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Bonino is a great player. When I first learned of the deal I was pretty bummed to see him headed out, even though the Ducks were receiving a pretty good player in Kesler.

    Best of luck to Bonino in Vancouver.

  3. areaman714 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Bones never takes a shift off and has improved measurably every year. He has scored quite a few clutch as well as spectacular goals over the last couple years.

  4. canada2014gold - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    They won’t be able to resign him so I hope he stays healthy for the next couple years. I like the kid nucks picked up with the 24th pick.

  5. easez1 - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    This trade should be added to the list of ‘what the heck are they thinking?’ trades, or giveaways the Ducks have committed of late. First they send Penner packing, but not until he displayed exactly why they signed him, hard on puck and miserable to deal with down low, frees up Getz and Perry and constitutes an unstoppable line, and scores a few here and there especially in playoffs. Now this trade, which is equally surprising as both the Sharks and Kings, although they could handle either player’s game, found Bones by far the more difficult to deal with albeit on a team who could roll four lines. Kesler is a fabulous talent, injuries aside, but prone to glide when things aren’t going his way, Bonino on the other hand was/is a tireless worker never taking a shift off and equally focused regardless of how things are going. No comment on age or injury status, but think Bones wins that match-up too.

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