The Boston Bruins were one of the busiest teams on Wednesday afternoon. After signing Derek Forbort to a three-year deal, Boston agreed with Tomas Nosek on a two-year contract. The deal comes with an annual cap hit of $1.75 million. With the Bruins in need of improvement from their bottom six, Nosek is an important addition.
In 38 games for the Vegas Golden Knights last year, Nosek had a career-high 18 points. The twenty-eight-year-old also had two game-winning goals and one point on the powerplay. In his sixth NHL season, he continued to be a helpful piece at both ends of the ice. Despite missing a decent part of the season, he was key to the Golden Knights’ success.
Additionally, the sixth-year winger was able to land 51 hits. He was not afraid to sacrifice his body as he blocked 18 shots. Where Nosek excelled, however, was in the faceoff circle, where he had a 51.7 winning percentage. That skill will be a crucial addition to the Bruins’ bottom six as they try to create chances offensively.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Bruins prioritized improving their depth. They also signed Nick Foligno and Erik Haula, a teammate of Nosek, before spending last season in Nashville. The two will be reunited in Boston and will be looking to make an immediate difference. For the Bruins to make a deep playoff run, they will need their bottom six to make an impact at both ends of the ice.
With Nosek, the Bruins were able to add a solid two-way fourth-line center. He is a hardworking player that will be a good fit in Boston. He has also come through in the clutch and has five career game-winning goals. In his first year with Boston, he will have a chance to build on his best season offensively. While the Bruins’ third and fourth lines will look very different on opening night, Nosek will be an important piece.