LOL, yah, I guess Therrien and Bergevin will bring a true bottom 6 now. Toughness aside, the guy can't even be a checking line center or provide any reasonable energy. 13th forward, sure, anything else? meh.
Habs are his 4th team. 12th, 13th forwards tend to bounce around a bit. I don't understand the issue here. He's decent centerman for the 4th line. Hell, he's better at faceoffs than anyone on the team.
We can still sign an actual great awesome 4th line center. If we are unable to (probably because 15 teams are going to call Gaustad and he'll be gone for something ridiculous like 3m$) then we won't have to spend draft picks or rush a prospect to have a 4th line center that can take faceoffs.
He signed 1 year at league minimum salary, there is no risk whatsoever.
EDIT : With Eller, Desharnais&Plekanec all able to play 15 to 20 minutes Nokelainen might have very low ice time per game.
I'm very OK with this signing. 26yrs old. RH shot, can play all three forward positions. This is the kind of depth player this team needs. At 26, he still has time to have a chance at that "career year" if only for one season. Darche being 36yrs old, n his game was only headed in one direction & it wasn't towards a possible "career year".