Ex-Canadien Bonk thriving in Music City

Radek Bonk leads the Nashville Predators with 10 goals.
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For two seasons, the Canadiens employed centreman Radek Bonk as a defensive specialist. This year, having signed in July with the Nashville Predators as an unrestricted free agent, the 31-year-old has rediscovered his scoring touch.

Now, instead of being used solely as a checker and a penalty-killer, Bonk is on the power play, and has a team-leading 10 goals to show for his new role. Bonk scored the tying goal in the final seconds of Saturday’s Bell Centre game against the Canadiens, then scored again in the shootout to help pace the Predators’ win. And how couldn’t you feel good for an honest worker who always did what was asked of him in Montreal?

Dave Stubbs visited with Bonk after Saturday’s game and found a player who had only good things to say about his time in Montreal, and who’s enjoying being a little off the radar in Music City, not a town known for its hockey fanaticism.


  1. Derek2 says:

    Amazing what happens when a coach knows how to get the best out of a player. Bonk was one of most consistent players last year. Was surprised that they let him go and basically replaced him with an aging somewhat defensive oriented player (Smolinsky) who is clearly on the downside of his career.

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