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By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Per 98.5 The Sports Hubs Bruins beat writer Ty Anderson, the Boston Bruins have signed 28-year-old Slovakian forward Martin Bakos to a one-year, two-way contract for the upcoming 2018-19 hockey season. Likely a depth signing to add to the developing depth and may be a solution for current “restricted” and “unrestricted” free agents in Providence of the American Hockey League if their services are no longer needed.
Bruins sign Martin Bakos to a one-year, two-way contract with a cap hit of $700,000 at the NHL level.
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) June 14, 2018
The 6′-2″ 198-pound versatile forward has spent his entire hockey career overseas for and had 14-26-40 numbers during the 2017-18 regular season appearing in 52 games for the Bili Tygri Liberec Clu in the Czech pro-league. In 146 career games in the Czech league, he has 43-56-99 numbers and 19-19-38 totals when playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in 102 games.
The right-shooting Bakos originally signed to play in the Swedish Hockey League for the upcoming season but seemed to have a change of heart when the Boston Bruins came calling to bring another player over for a taste of North American hockey. As mentioned above, this could be a signing for players potentially departing the organization to seek jobs elsewhere in hockey. With names like Austin Czarnik, Justin Hickman, Colby Cave, and Anton Blidh’s futures up in the air, this is a great time to get depth players from Europe and other areas of the world into the system given enough time to get adjusted to the smaller rinks and what’s expected in terms of training from the B’s organization.