By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy “suspects” goaltender Tuukka Rask will rejoin the team on Tuesday, the coach revealed before Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
“Tuesday we have practice. I suspect Tuukka will join us then, but that’s something we’ll discuss with him” Cassidy said Sunday morning. “The focus for us is on Vegas and then we’ll look at what our lineup looks like for when we leave Tuesday.”
It was announced on Friday that Rask, who has not looked like himself at all this year, was taking a leave of absence from the team to attend to a personal matter. The Bruins have been mum on the specifics of Rask’s absence other than saying it is not health-related, and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney shot down multiple questions and asked for privacy on the matter.
“I think it’s important for everybody to respect his privacy and allow him to deal with it over the next few days,” Sweeney insisted on Friday when asked about Rask’s leave of absence.
Fortunately for Rask’s mindset, the Bruins have not faltered without the $7 million man at their disposal, as Jaroslav Halak swept a weekend back-to-back with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Golden Knights, with stops 77 of 79 shots thrown his way.
If Rask is not ready to rejoin the team, Daniel Vladar will continue to serve as Halak’s backup for the start of the team’s upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Wednesday night in Colorado.
Rask is 4-4-0 with a .901 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this season.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.