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Preview/Lines #63: Eklund To Play With Hertl, Sharks Pay Tribute to Bonino

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Nick Bonino is gone, and the San Jose Sharks will miss him.

Mario Ferraro, James Reimer, and David Quinn are happy that Bonino is re-joining the playoff race with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but sad to lose him on and off the ice.

Here are some of their thoughts.

James Reimer: Nick’s a great guy, had a lot of fun playing with him for the last two years. I appreciated his work ethic, how hard he played, and how honest he played the game. Off the ice, he’s just a great guy. So, you’re happy for a guy like that to have a chance to win another Cup.

Mario Ferraro: He’s just a great guy both on and off the ice. He carries himself with a high level of professionalism. He has that experience, winning in Pittsburgh. He’s a veteran guy that carries himself well. Respectful, works hard, fun, puts a smile on his face and that’s a big deal. It’s been a big deal for us for the last couple of years: We needed that kind of energy and that kind of leadership. He will be missed for the remainder of the season, for sure.

I’ll miss him. He’s a funny guy. We joke around quite a bit. I know he has a sewerball relationship with a lot of the guys on the team. Warming up, we’ve had our funny giggles and funny laughs. But that’ll be kept between him and I for now.

(SJHN Note: Sewerball is pre-game warm-up soccer)

David Quinn: He and I talked leading into [the St. Louis game about a possible trade]. We knew there was a chance this could happen, teams would call about him. It gives him an opportunity to go to a place he’s very familiar with and the chance to compete for a Stanley Cup.

So very happy for him personally, obviously, you’re gonna miss him personally and professionally, but it’s great opportunity for him.

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