By: Mark Allred | Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Per TSN Insider Darren Dreger, The Boston Bruins have signed free-agent forward Tomas Nosek to a two-year deal worth a reported $1.75 million per year. The 6′-2″ 209-pound center/left-wing played for the Vegas Golden Knights for the last four seasons posting 31-34-65 numbers in 240 games with the expansion franchise who entered the National Hockey League in 2017. Last season the Czech Republic native posted 8-10-18 numbers in 38 games played before heading to today’s free agency day one.
The 28-year-old undrafted Nosek signed an entry-level contract with the Detriot Red Wings in June of 2014 and primarily spent time with the Wings top-minor pro affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. In the American Hockey League with the Wings organization, he posted 41-64-105 numbers in 176 appearances and even had a few recalls to the NHL, with Detriot scoring one goal in 17 games. Nosek was one of the original players selected in the 2017 NHL expansion draft and has played primarily on the fourth line and has been known as a player that has decent offensive skills but also that sandpaper style that many teams look for to fill out their bottom-six roles.
The Boston Bruins bottom-six core didn’t exactly get it done in the last two seasons, and both President Cam Neely and General Manager Don Sweeney mentioned in the 2021 season-ending press conferences that the fourth line lost its identity and would need to be addressed over this off-season. Nosek is a solid addition to address the need to be a fourth line to be reckoned with, and a potential line of him centering Trent Frederic on the left and Curtis Lazar on the right is certainly a good start to get back that grinding style identity this Boston team once had.