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Penguins Acquire Forward Nick Bonino, Defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 Second-Round Pick from the Vancouver Canucks for Brandon Sutter and a 2016 Third-Round Draft Pick

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The second-round draft pick acquired by Pittsburgh is Anaheim’s 2016 second-round selection.

The third-round choice that Pittsburgh is sending to Vancouver is the compensatory pick awarded from Buffalo for hiring Dan Bylsma as head coach earlier this summer.

Bonino is signed through the 2016-17 season and carries an average annual value of $1.9 million. Clendening is signed through the ’15-16 campaign.

Bonino, an NHL veteran of five-plus seasons, played his first season with Vancouver last year, totaling 39 points on 15 goals and 24 assists in 75 games played. All three totals represented the second-highest offensive numbers of his career. He added three points (1G-2A) in six playoff games.

Bonino, 27, helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship, contributing four points (2G-2A) in 10 games.

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Bonino played his first four-plus years with the Anaheim Ducks. During the 2013-14 campaign, Bonino had his best NHL season, establishing career highs across the board in games (77), goals (22), assists (27), points (49) and plus-minus (+14).

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Bonino helped Anaheim advance to the second round of the 2014 playoffs, tallying four goals, four assists and eight points in 13 contests.

Bonino has amassed 121 points (48G-73A) and a plus-16 in 264 career NHL games with Vancouver and Anaheim. He’s produced at a higher rate during the postseason, averaging 0.50 points per game with 15 points (8G-7A) in 30 playoff contests.

Before turning pro, Bonino played three years at Boston University from 2007-10. His best season came as a junior in ’08-09 when he had 50 points (18G-32A) in 44 contests and helped the Terriers capture the national championship.

Bonino was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

Clendening, 22, made his NHL debut with Chicago on Nov. 20, 2014 in Calgary and scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot against Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller. Clendening skated in four regular-season contests with the Blackhawks before being traded to Vancouver in exchange for Gustav Forsling on Jan. 29, 2015.

Clendening appeared in 17 games with the Canucks, registering two assists. He also registered five points (1G-4A) in 11 regular-season games with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. Clendening then skated in 23 playoff games with Utica, ranking second among Comets defensemen in scoring with eight points (3G-5A).

The 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman played parts of three seasons from 2011-14 with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

In 2013-14, Clendening’s 47 assists led the IceHogs, while his 59 points ranked second among all AHL blueliners. That season, he was named a First-Team All-Star after being a Second-Team All-Star selection as a rookie in 2012-13 – becoming the first AHL defenseman to make a postseason All-Star Team in each of his first two pro seasons since Dan Boyle in 1999 and 2000.

The Niagara Falls, N.Y. native played two seasons with Boston University of Hockey East from 2010-12 before turning pro.

He represented Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Championship and helped the United States capture back-to-back gold medals at the World Under-18 Championships in 2009 and ’10. In 2010, he tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points (3G-7A) – which tied for first among all defensemen – and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Clendening also played two years in the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) from 2008-10.

Clendening was originally drafted by Chicago in the second round (36th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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