The Nashville Predators have added to their bottom-six, signing Nick Cousins to a two-year, $3MM contract according to Frank Seravalli of TSN. Cousins did not receive a qualifying offer from the Vegas Golden Knights and became an unrestricted free agent.
Now 27, Cousins has actually turned himself into quite an effective bottom-six forward over the last few seasons. Reliable for 10-12 goals and 20-25 points, he is also an excellent defender and can play center when needed. In Nashville, he amy be asked to play down the middle after the team moved on from both Nick Bonino and Kyle Turris in recent days, but will certainly get a nice opportunity to compete for the playoffs again. Before this season when he played in 17 games for the Golden Knights, Cousins had suited up for just six postseason matches in his career. He is still looking for that elusive first playoff goal.
For Nashville, they’ve now made several depth additons with Cousins, Mark Borowiecki and Matt Benning joing the team today, but still hacven’t made the big splash that was expected when they cleared so much cap room. With nearly a full roster and only Luke Kunin to sign among restricted free agents, the team still has more than $13MM in cap space to use.