Rask of the Bruins on the future: “I’m not going to play anywhere else”
It’s Boston or the loss of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
The impending free agent told reporters on Friday that he would not play anywhere other than Boston, according to Evan Marinofsky of CLNS Media.
Rask’s comments come after he said earlier this year that he intended to end his NHL career with the Bruins.
“I have no intention of playing anywhere other than the Bruins,” the former Vezina Trophy winner said in January, according to Amalie Benjamin from LNH.com. “So if I’m good enough to play one, two, three more years, so be it. Otherwise, let it be. So that’s where I feel.”
The 34-year-old also confirmed during his press briefing that he had a torn labrum on his hip and would need surgery. He expects to recover from an operation in January or February.
It is not known when Rask suffered the injury, but it was known throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs that he was not 100% healthy. Still, the Finnish native led the Bruins in the second round, where they were defeated by the New York Islanders in six games.
Rask also dealt with pre-playoff injuries. He missed about a month earlier this season with a suspected back injury. When he returned for a game against the Islanders in March, he suffered an upper body injury and missed even more time.
The two-time all-star finished the regular season with a 15-5-2 record, two shutouts, a 2.28 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Despite the hip injury, he went 6-4 in the playoffs with a 2.35 GAA and .919 SV%, which is pretty impressive.
Rask spent his entire NHL career in Boston and went on to become one of the best goalies in Bruins history. While no overtime has yet been signed, it’s reasonable to believe the Bruins will bring him back next season for another Stanley Cup shot.