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.

  2. The Teacher says:

    I loved Bonk last year.

    Did exactly what we asked him to do. Was disappointed they didn’t retain him.

    I wish him nothing but good luck. He was the only player who showed up every single game last year.

    Mike Johnson gets kudos for showing up for every one except one.

  3. Sask Habs Fan says:

    I too was very disappointed that they didn’t resign Bonk. Was easily one of our best players last year. Stupid to let him go.
    Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

  4. RetroMikey says:

    Good luck Radek! Hope you play hard game in and out at the Grand Ole Opry my friend! Remember, Barry Trotz is a coach that you have play 100% every shift, every game (no lazy dogs on his team) and I hope that your game against Montreal reflects on how you play every shift, every game, all season….we shall see.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  5. Rocket Richard says:

    Is it just me, why is it everyone who leaves the Habs thrives as a player for their new team?
    December 1,2007 – rise and fall of the 2007-08 Montreal Canadiens

  6. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    Because he doesn’t have a dog collar and a leash tied around his neck.

  7. Derek2 says:

    Not just you. We have failed consistently as a franchise to convert the farm talent into bona fide NHL’rs and have also failed miserably to integrate or take best advantage of the players we trade for, or get via FA. This has been chronic since the early 80’s.

    We have a great crop in Hamilton. The nightmare scenario I see is them all getting a shot with the team , not working out, and going off to other teams where they will all come back to take special pride in beating the crap out of us every time they play us.

  8. Mr.Hazard says:

    I think part of the reason he is scoring so much is because there isn’t really anyone else to do the scoring…

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  9. Exit716 says:

    McGuire said he always had good hands, but needed to play with speedy players.
    Weren’t Johnson and Perezhogin both decent skaters?
    McGuire is hilarious sometimes.

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