Yesterday, the Bruins signed some guy named Martin Bakos from Slovakia. He’s a forward who last played in the Czech Hockey League last season. Apparently, he’s comparable to Kenny Agostino, but maybe better. We do know he has some mad shootout skills.
Martin Bakos did this once. So he's going to be a stud, obviously. pic.twitter.com/0CNYXFUezp
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) June 15, 2018
The contract is a two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level.
Some other guys are being bandied about with regards to the Bruins, one currently under contract, the other two not as of yet.
The Bruins remain contenders win the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes. While they’re trying to figure that out, Don Sweeney is probably trying to still re-sign Rick Nash. On top of that, Darren Dreger is now reporting that the Bruins may be trying to move forward David Backes, perhaps to free up some salary.
Dreger: And the Boston Bruins are a team that has interest in Kovalchuk. I think that general manager Don Sweeney is looking at all of his possibilities in terms of building and what he has offensively and Kovalchuk could be a great replacement for Rick Nash who they brought in prior to his free agent status, obviously. There’s word that there’s interest in David Krejci on a trade front, they’d like to move David Backes, my expectation is that Boston will talk with Kovalchuk in the days ahead.
It’s understandable that the Bruins would want to move on from that contract as it has been deemed a bad deal by many for both salary and term, perhaps too much of both for someone on the wrong side of thirty. Despite a season plagued by illness and injury, Backes managed to find a home on the third line, still not quite living up to his salary. With dead cap from buyouts of Dennis Seidenberg and Jimmy Hayes and salary retention from the trade of Matt Beleskey, it’s unlikely that Backes will be bought out.
Stay tuned next week for more on this…