Tuukka Rask is back with the Bruins, but not the Boston Bruins. The longtime B’s goaltender signed a professional tryout contract with the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate announced, as he nears a return to the NHL.

Rask has been practicing with Boston for the past month following his hip injury he had after Boston was eliminated from the playoffs. Boston has mainly split goaltending duties this season between Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark — which both have fairly similar stat marks.

“The immediate plan is he’s here, he’s going to practice with us this week,” Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday, before he officially signed with the team Thursday. “He will not travel to Tampa or Washington. I think there will be a conversation, obviously then with Don [Sweeney] about Providence. I think it’s the best opportunity for him to get live action.”

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