Wild trades Luke Kunin, acquires forward Nick Bonino and 2 draft picks from Nashville

Trade action is heating up on the second day of the NHL draft.

The Nashville Predators dealt former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino and two picks to the Minnesota Wild for forward Luke Kunin and a selection later in the draft.

Minnesota got second- and third-round picks (37th and 70th overall) and sent a fourth (101st) to Nashville. Bonino is owed $4.1 million next season on the last year of his contract, while Kunin is a restricted free agent.

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The 32-year-old Bonino recorded 35 points, 16 penalty minutes, three game-winning goals, 89 blocked shots and 104 shots in 67 games with Nashville during the 2019-20 season. He played for Pittsburgh previously where current Wild GM Bill Guerin was an ass’t GM. In other words, Guerin knows Bonino well.

The native of Harford, Conn., ranked T-2nd in goals, third in plus/minus rating (plus-17), T-3rd in game-winning goals, fourth in blocked shots and sixth in points. He scored a goal in four Stanley Cup Playoff games this postseason as the Predators fell to Arizona in the qualifying round.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.