February 15, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Anaheim Ducks center Nick Bonino (63) waits for the puck to drop on a face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Ducks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Nick Bonino, Anaheim Ducks Avoid Arbitration

A bit of news regarding Nick Bonino was overshadowed in all of the excitement surrounding Teemu Selanne’s announcement yesterday that he will be playing in Anaheim for another year. Nick Bonino agreed to a two-year, one-way contract extension with Anaheim worth $1.4 million ($700k cap hit per year). Bonino filed for salary arbitration ealier this month, but with both sides coming to an agreement in contract terms they have successfully avoided an arbitration hearing.

Bonino played 50 games with the club last season (spending his start of the year in the American Hockey League) and scored 13 goals and collected 18 points while centering Anaheim’s third line. While playing in Syracuse with the AHL he scored 16 goals and collected 22 points in 19 games.

That Bonino’s contract is a one-way deal implies that the forward will be starting his season back up with the NHL team, and isn’t as likely to be reassigned back to the club’s AHL affiliate.

Jer is ready to start his own season in the major league. Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.

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