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The Bruins' second-round pick from 2007 (and former BC Eagle captain) may finally get his shot at the NHL

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This is it! Tommy Cross
This is it! Tommy Cross
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A Providence Bruin is flying out to join the Bruins, who play the Avalanche at 10:00PM Eastern.

  • Resilient PBruin captain Tommy Cross is answering a well-earned call to fly to Denver in hopes of finally making his NHL debut.[SouthCoastToday]

  • Kirk Luedeke takes a look back at Cross' career. Bonus: He links to a Mark Divver article about Cross and Alex Khokhlachev.[ScoutingPost]

  • The Bruins could use some resilience, as mental mistakes snowball into goals against and now three losses.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • And quit trying to dump all the blame on Claude Julien, he is clearly not at fault and is deserving of our pity! There is only one instance in which dumping him might improve the team, and even that would not affect this season's outcome.[WEEI]

  • The statuesque Bruin that Habs fans boo each time he skates out onto Centre Bell ice is elsewhere revered as a go-to veteran player and an ambassador of the sport.[ESPN]

  • It isn't just the Bruins: A number of coaches join Claude Julien in suffering slow starts, and even Sergei Bobrovski is struggling in net.[NationalPost]

  • When is a tweak not a tweak? When it morphs into a rebuild.[Sportsnet]

  • Brad Marchand takes exception to being featured in questionable trade rumors. [FaceoffCircle]

  • C'mon, ref! Kerry Fraser addressed a trio of calls that occurred during Monday's matinee against the Lightning, disagreeing with the call that ended in Loui Eriksson 's goal being waved off.[TSN]

  • Sartorial standouts in the NHL overwhelmingly tend to be Swedes, but Patrice Bergeron (and a former linemate of his) defended Canada's honour by meriting a mention.[USAToday]

  • Should we hockey fans be afraid that the NHL will come after Steph Vail for her GIF artistry? The NFL is setting precedent in requesting removal of Tweets from Deadspin and SBNation. Bonus(?): Tuukka Rask 's stats are in the cellar, and Zdeno Chara 's name is whispered in trade rumors.[SportsIllustrated]

  • Even Elliotte Friedman touched on Chara trade rumors in this week's Thirty Thoughts, although he thinks a different Bruin is a likelier trade target due to his contract.[Sportsnet]

  • PBruin Frank Vatrano was named the CCM/AHL player of the week.[MassLive]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Remember the NHL Waiver Draft? Good times![Grantland]

  • ESPN has ranked the NHL teams so far, be prepared to scroll pretty far to find the Bruins.[ESPN]

  • In case you missed it, here's a summary of the RIT Hockey Analytics Conference, encapsulating the topics covered by numerous presenters.[HockeyAnalysis]

  • Jimmy Fallon is a man of many talents, including skill at playing air hockey.[SBNation]