Happy trade-iversary! One year ago, on July 28, 2015, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Brandon Sutter and a third round pick for a second round pick, Adam Clendening, and, most important of all, Nick Bonino.
Now, a year later, Bonino is a Stanley Cup champion, and everyone loves him. He had an amazing Amish-like beard, he became part of the fabled new HBK line alongside Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, and he got to be the subject of possibly the best ever Punjabi hockey call. He's just all around awesome.
Bonino had bounced around for a couple of years prior to joining the Penguins a year ago. Initially drafted by the San Jose Sharks, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, where he stayed until the 2014 off-season, when they used him as part of a trade package for Ryan Kesler. Bonino spent all of one year in Vancouver before joining the Penguins, who must be very happy to have him. After all...
Happy 1 year anniversary @penguins. Glad we could cement our relationship with some hardware!— Nick Bonino (@NickBonino) July 28, 2016
What a guy.