Boston Bruins Rumor: Depth Defenseman Tommy Cross Resigned To Two-Way Contract
With the Stanley Cup now in the rearview mirror it is business as usual around the NHL and that includes the Boston Bruins.
On Wednesday morning it is being reported that the Boston Bruins have resigned Tommy Cross to a 1 year deal worth $650 thousand. The contract is a two-way deal that will provide young players in the AHL with a veteran role model.
Cross, 27-years-old, is a left shot defenseman who has been in the Bruins organization since being drafted in 2007 in the second round with the 35th overall pick when he was just 18-years-old. He played four years at Boston College and first played professionally in Providence in the 2011-2012 season and his first full season as a pro came a year later in 2012-13.
At Boston College Cross was part of two NCAA National Championship teams with one being in 2010 and the second coming in his senior where he was the Captain of Boston College in their National Title run. In his senior year at BC Cross set career highs in games played (44), assists (19) points (24) and penalty minutes (66) during the regular season.
Cross is entering his sixth year in the Bruins organization and at the NHL level he has played in 3 regular season games, all three came in the 2015-16 campaign where he recorded his first NHL career point with an assist. In the playoffs this past season Cross was called upon to play in one game where he provided a positive impact recording an assist and finished the game with a +1 in the overtime loss against Ottawa on 4/17.
The depth defenseman played in 74 games last season for the Providence Bruins recording 35 points and a +18 +/-. In the AHL playoffs Cross was very effective playing in 16 games recording 9 points.
The signing is the fifth time Boston has resigned Cross and he will likely serve as a veteran leader in Providence and be called upon as a depth defenseman in Boston if needed. It is worth noting that Cross will likely not be protected by Boston in the NHL expansion draft and could in theory be picked by Las Vegas.