Published: July 7, 2017

Nick Bonino was in Nashville Thursday with his family to look at places to live while the newly-signed forward for the Predators prepares to play in Music City for the next four years, according to media reports.

It was his first trip since becoming a Predator. Nashville is where he wanted to be heading into free agency all along, Bonino said.

He faced the Predators in the Stanley Cup Final just weeks earlier, but Bonino said the decision was easy. He said he likes the nucleus the Preds already have and thinks they are ready to compete immediately.

Bonino’s four-year deal is worth $16.4 million.