Tuukka Rask has been a free agent since the disappointing end of the 2020 season. The 34-year old goaltender is one of the most accomplished in the league but struggled with rehab from hip issues and a torn labrum. That is before today when the Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence signed the rejuvenated goal tender.
This move comes from a place of need, as the goaltenders already rostered on the Bruins have been hit with injury or COVID-19 protocols. Immediately after signing, the future-Hall of Famer was slotted for the game against Lehigh Valley on Friday which is now postponed until April 11 due to COVID Protocols.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy had this to say about the cancelled return of Rask to the Black and Yellow in Providence this Saturday:
”“I found out (Thursday) the games got canceled but was focusing on Minnesota,” Cassidy told reporters after the game. “I have no idea what’ll be going on. We’re going to fly to Tampa (Friday) and hopefully play weather permitting. I can give you an update maybe (Friday) in the media session. But I honestly don’t know what he’ll do moving forward. I do not believe he’ll travel with us.” - C/O NESN.com
Players on PTO cannot play in the NHL until a contract is officially signed. A contract probably won’t be signed until the Bruins can get a good look at Rask to gauge his preparedness to play. So it’s a waiting game now.
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