By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports activities Author
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed Tuukka Rask for the remainder of the season, bringing again the winningest goalie in franchise historical past after he recovered from offseason hip surgical procedure.
Rask, 34, was a free agent who remained unsigned whereas he recovered from an operation to restore a torn labrum in his hip. He mentioned on the finish of final season that he didn’t wish to play for anybody apart from Boston.
“That is our residence,” he mentioned. “At this level of my life and my profession, I don’t see any motive to go anyplace else, particularly with the well being I’m taking a look at now and a restoration time of 5 – 6 months. Hopefully it really works out that I get better properly and we will discuss contracts when the time is true for that.”
Rask performed in solely 24 video games final season because the crew managed his workload whereas he fought hip and again accidents. After a second-round loss to the New York Islanders, he revealed that he wanted hip surgical procedure.
Rask started skating with the Bruins once more this winter and signed knowledgeable tryout settlement with Windfall final week, however the AHL crew had two video games scrubbed due to COVID-19 protocols. Its subsequent scheduled sport is Friday evening; the NHL Bruins are scheduled to play Montreal on Wednesday evening and Philadelphia on Thursday evening.
“I really feel nice,” Rask mentioned final week throughout a video convention name with reporters. “The largest problem for me was the catching of the joint and the ache that created. So that each one is gone. … I don’t have to consider it locking up on me once more and creating that ache, so I really feel nice.”
Rask mentioned he by no means actually thought-about retiring this offseason. The lure of having the ability to make yet another run at a Stanley Cup and end out his profession alongside stars Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand performed a think about his resolution to aim a comeback.
““That’s why I by no means actually, in my head wished to flirt with alternative to go some other place,” Rask mentioned. “For us as gamers when you might have a crew just like the Bruins, mainly a bunch of us have grown up collectively. So, you form of really feel that brotherhood. You don’t wish to go away guys on dangerous phrases.
“I simply wished to come back again and possibly be useful and attempt to end it out with a bunch of these guys I’ve performed with my entire profession.”
The 2014 Vezina Trophy winner who was additionally a finalist in 2020, Rask led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and once more in 2019. He’s the franchise’s profession chief with 306 regular-season wins (57 extra within the playoffs), 560 regular-season video games (104 within the playoffs) and a .921 save share.
In all, he’s 306-163-66 with a 2.27 goals-against common and 52 shutouts. Final season, he was 15-5-2 with three shutouts, a 2.28 goals-against common and a .913 save share.
AP Sports activities Author Kyle Hightower and AP Hockey Author Stephen Whyno contributed to this story.
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