After Boston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask took the spot of Jeremy Swayman just two months ago after he returned from hip surgery, Rask is now a mentor of the 23-year-old Swayman.
“He’s a great kid, he’s got a great head on his shoulders, very talented,” said Rask of Swayman before the team honored him Thursday. “I was looking forward to that, being a mentor on the ice. Obviously, didn’t work out that way but now when I’m on the other side not playing anymore, we still have that connection and we communicate.
Taking a spot from Swayman was one of the reasons Rask retired, he said, but Swayman being Boston’s No. 1 goaltender now, Rask is very helpful to the youngster. The two were teammates for parts of last season.
“I try to help any way I can. And I think mostly from me to him, it’s gonna be helping guide him mentally.
“I know what it’s like to play here as a young goalie, there’s a lot of pressure on you,” he continued. “I told him right after I retired, call me if you need anything, make sure you don’t get too high or too low because it’s easy to kind of snowball from that either way. That’s where I’m looking forward to helping him out.”