Late on Tuesday afternoon the Bruins announced that Kevin Dean will be filling the assistant coach vacancy after being head coach in providence for one season. Dean is very familiar with head coach Bruce Cassidy after working under him for 5 years in Providence.
“Last year with Providence was a big step forward for me professionally and I am very excited to carry that momentum to the NHL level and work with the best players in the world,″ said Dean in quotes provided by the Bruins.
Dean had a very successful season in Providence when he led an extremely young Bruins team all the way to the conference finals, not many thought that would happen after the bad start Providence got off to but Dean turned their season around at the right time.
“He’s an extremely knowledgeable hockey mind who is deeply committed to the Bruins organization and development of our players,” said Cassidy.
Early on Wednesday morning the Boston Bruins announced via twitter that they re-signed defenseman Tommy Cross to a 1 year 2 way contract. The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Cross appeared in one playoff game for the Bruins tallying 1 assist in the contest and appeared in 3 games during the regular season where he tallied 1 assist. Cross had his best year in the AHL where he played in 74 games setting career highs in goals (12), assists (23), and points (35).
Cross isn’t expected to make the Bruins opening night roster next season barring injuries but he is a great organizational depth guy to have when needed. Cross brings great leadership at the AHL level which is helpful with the flux of young talent Providence is set have there.