After adding a defenseman earlier in the day, the Bruins have apparently added to their forward depth as well.
First up: forward Tomas Nosek, formerly of the Vegas Golden Knights:
Tomas Nosek agrees to 2 years $3.5 deal with the Bruins. AAV $1.75 mil— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 28, 2021
At first glance, Nosek appears to be a replacement of sorts for Sean Kuraly.
He's a bottom six player who can chip in on offens occasionally, and also offers something on the penalty kill.
Tomas Nosek, signed 2x$1.75M by BOS, is an offence-minded fourth liner who gets good scoring chances. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/labiULpxK2— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 28, 2021
For short money and term, he's not a bad player to have in the mix in what's becoming an increasingly crowded bottom six for the Bruins.
Speaking of a crowded bottom six: Erik Haula!
Erik Haula signs in Boston, two-year deal, $2.375M AAV— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 28, 2021
Year 1, $2.25M
Year 2, $2.5M@TSNHockey @TheAthletic
Like Nosek, Haula is a bottom six forward, one who could probably play on the third or fourth line as needed.
He has bounced around in recent years after spending the early part of his career in Minnesota; he most recently played for the Nashville Predators, where he recorded 21 points in 51 games.
Overall, these aren't the most thrilling moves by the Bruins, but they certainly add to the intrigue: they seem to have too many 3rd and 4th line players at this point.
Ideally, it's in preparation for a trade or a bigger move of some kind, and not some attempt at going for quantity over quality.
We will see!