Every hockey seasons comes with a feeling of new beginnings, a fresh start with equal opportunity for all. It’s usually a form of optimism cloaked in cliche terms, but in the American Hockey League, never will it be more true than in the 2021-22. For Springfield Thunderbirds defenseman Tommy Cross, the October 16 opener at the MassMutual Center can’t come soon enough.
Cross inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues on Friday. Cross has appeared in an NHL game since 2015-16 when he was with the Bruins, so fantasy players shouldn't be expecting him to make much of an impact this year either. Instead, Cross figures to continue playing exclusively in the AHL unless the Blues pick up a raft of injuries on the blue line.
Cross (undisclosed) was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, per CapFriendly. Cross started the season on injured reserve. He's seemingly healthy now and will likely be assigned to AHL Syracuse if he clears waivers. The 31-year-old hasn't played an NHL game since the 2015-16 season. He posted 21 points and 56 PIM over 50 AHL games last year.