July 12, 2012

Ducks sign Bonino to two-year deal

By Jesse Connolly

Ducks center Nick Bonino (Getty Images)

The Ducks' made a big splash on Thursday afternoon with the re-signing of living legend Teemu Selanne, as the Finnish Flash will return for one more year after contemplating retirement.

After coming to terms with their storied star, Anaheim also inked one of their most promising youngsters. The Ducks have reportedly agreed to terms on a new two-year deal with restricted free agent Nick Bonino (Hartford, Conn.).

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the deal is worth an average of $700,000 per season.

Bonino, 24, spent three years at Boston University (2007-10). His rights were traded by the Sharks, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2007, to the Ducks near the tail-end of his sophomore year with the Terriers.

Since turning pro, the 6-foot-1 pivot has played in 85 games at the NHL, scoring six goals and chipping in 14 assists. Bonino has had great success at the AHL level in his two pro campaigns, notching 67 points in 69 games for the Syracuse Crunch.

Last summer, Bonino signed a one-year deal with Anaheim that saw him earn $693,000 in the NHL and $65,000 in the AHL.

McCarthy staying with Sharks

In other hockey news involving BU alums from New England that are playing for NHL clubs in California, the Sharks have re-signed John McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) to a two-year deal.

McCarthy, who will turn 26 in August, played for the Terriers for four seasons (2005-09) before turning pro. He has notched four points in 51 NHL games for San Jose.

The 6-foot-1 winger had his best pro season to date in 2011-12, scoring 20 goals and adding 27 assists in 65 contests for the Sharks' AHL affiliate in Worcester.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.