Detroit – Tomas Nosek showed in a brief call-up to the Red Wings this past season he’s close to NHL-ready.
On Friday, the Red Wings showed their faith in Nosek signing the center to a two-year contract.
Nosek, 23, had no points in six games with the Red Wings, but showed good penalty-killing skills and appeared close to be ready to hold a third- or fourth-line checking role in the NHL.
Nosek had 15 goals and 15 assists in 70 games with minor-league affiliate Grand Rapids, then added a one point (a goal) in nine American League playoff games.
The Czech Republic native is likely to begin this season in Grand Rapids, as he’s exempt from waivers for one more season.
The two-year contract breaks down as a two-way deal the first year (Nosek will make $575,000 if he’s in the NHL, $175,000 if he’s in the AHL), and the second-year is a one-way contract worth $650,000.
World Cup addition
Defenseman Alexey Marchenko was added to the Russian World Cup roster.
The eight teams finalized their rosters Friday, with Marchenko earning an invitation to the Russian roster after a fine performance at the recently-completed world championships.
Marchenko had a team-best plus-12 rating for the bronze medal-winning Russian team, adding one goal and two assists.
Marchenko joins Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (Sweden), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Tomas Tatar (Europe) and Dylan Larkin (North America).
The World Cup runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.