The Bruins signed Martin Bakos to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday, a move that adds depth to the group of forward talent that will compete for roster spots in training camp in the fall.
Bakos, 28, had a strong year in the Czech Hockey League when he scored 40 points in 52 games. He's 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, a big-bodied player who will have a chance to show what he can bring to the wing.
The two-way contract has a value of $700,000 at the NHL level, a deal similar to the one they gave Kenny Agostino last year. Agostino signed a one-year, $850,000 contract last summer but only played five games for the Bruins.
At the NHL Scouting Combine, general manager Don Sweeney said the Bruins would not be bringing back Agostino, along with Brian Gionta and Paul Postma.
Bakos will have a similar chance to prove he can stick with the Bruins. It was challenging for Agostino to do it last year with the good amount of depth the Bruins had at the forward position. Postma was also brought in one a one-year deal last year worth $775,000 and the defenseman played 14 games for Boston.
Free agency doesn't start until July 1, but now is the time when teams start rounding out the bottom of their respective rosters with players that are worth bringing in to take a look at during camp.
Who knows whether Bakos will pan out for the Bruins, but if nothing else, he delivered this filthy shootout goal.