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Tuukka Rask Returns to Bruins Practice

Tuukka Rask

Boston Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask was seen skating with teammates at Warrior Ice Arena.

Rask, who suffered a torn hip labrum during last year’s playoff run, is still technically a free agent. Rask has said he wants to remain in Boston and all signs point to him returning to the team.

“He’s completely on schedule,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “And the schedule, again, defer to the medical people, was supposed to be somewhere after the new year. Could be into February. Now, February is the Olympic break, so then it bleeds into March. So there was a little bit of leeway there when I was told originally when the surgery happened. So I think he’s right there, if not probably a little bit ahead.”

Now, this is where it gets complicated. The Bruins already have two active goalies on the roster, Jeremy Swayman, and Linus Ullmark. Swayman has been showing promise to become a number one goalie in the NHL — a demotion to the minors could stunt Swayman’s growth. While Ullmark signed a four-year deal worth $20 million ($5 million AAV), paying that much money for a goalie would make it ridiculous to send down.

The Bruins desperately need goalie help as well.  The Gold and Black rank 31st out of 32 teams with a .905 save percentage.

A healthy Rask could solve these issues. He finished second in the Vezina Trophy voting as recently as the 2019-2020 campaign. If the Bruins continue to struggle with goaltending mediocrity, the team should really consider signing Rask whenever he’s ready to return.

(Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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