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Tuukka Rask Likely Ending Comeback With the Boston Bruins

Tuukka Rask is likely ending his NHL comeback with the Boston Bruins. Lingering injury issues has the team thinking he won’t return.

According to a couple of reports, lingering hip issues are going to bring goaltender Tuukka Rask’s attempt at a comeback with the Boston Bruins to a halt. Per reports, Rask has been feeling discomfort to the point he’s going to discuss his NHL future with his family, but the Bruins’ organization doesn’t expect him to resume his NHL career. According to the latest reports, speculation is that he could “finalize his retirement decision in the next few days.”

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Regardless of what Rask decides to do, he was among the great goaltenders of this generation. He played all 15 of his NHL seasons with the Bruins and won the Vezina Trophy in 2013-14. He’d be a finalist for the trophy a couple of seasons ago as well. But, injury issues have kept him out of the league until a few weeks ago when he tried to return as a member of the Bruins roster. He had a couple of good outings, but for the most part, was not up to the standards many expect of the Rask they know.

Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins UD card
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins UD card

His last game was on January 24 against the Anaheim Ducks and has since been on injured reserve. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was asked about talk that Rask might hang it up. He responded, “I think that’s for Tuukka to comment on his stature.” He added, “I was told he wouldn’t practice this week. I don’t think that’s changing at all. So if he has something to say, I think I’ll leave it to him.”

According to Cap Friendly, if Rask were to end his comeback and retire, the remainder of his contract would simply come off Boston’s salary cap. There would be no further charge to the Bruins cap other than his daily rate for the days that he has already spent on the club’s active roster.

What’s Next For the Bruins?

With Rask probably out of the picture, the Bruins will go back to the tandem of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman. As Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic writes, the two will probably compete for the starter’s job. He notes:

For now, Ullmark has the slight edge. Ullmark was playing some of his best hockey prior to the break, Cassidy citing recovery and rebound control as two of his recent strengths. Swayman, who was assigned to Providence to make room for Rask, is now a full-time NHLer. This will be the tandem for the rest of the season and the foreseeable future.

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