The Bruins refuse to shut the door on the idea of Tuukka Rask returning to the team.
In fact, with the way they’ve talked about Rask, it almost feels like an inevitability. Rask is also ahead of schedule with his recovery from offseason hip surgery, and he’s openly talked about what a ‘cheap’ goaltender he’ll be for the Bruins should he return for another season, only furthering the idea that it seems more like a when than an if.
But that’s not something that Linus Ullmark, the B’s new $20 million netminder signed on the first day of NHL free agency, can or will bother worrying about.
“I stay in the present, stay in the moment,” Ullmark, who spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Sabres, said when asked about a potential Rask return. “That’s something for the future. That’s nothing I can focus on right now.”
Expected to serve as the 1A in a tandem with 2021 breakout rookie Jeremy Swayman to begin the 2021-22 season, Ullmark has already stated what it’s all about in Boston, Ullmark isn’t worrying about Rask right now. Perhaps that’s to be expected, as Ullmark admitted that he’s more concerned with figuring out where he’s going to buy groceries and where his children are going to go to preschool after his family just settled into their new Newton digs about two weeks ago.
That’s made Warrior Ice Arena a welcomed getaway for the first on-ice session of the team’s 2021 training camp.
“It was great,” Ullmark said of the first session with his teammates. “Settling in well, and there was a good pace out there, having fun. It’s fun to get the show going.
“It’s the only place where I don’t have to think about anything other than hockey. So it’s enjoyable for sure.”
The 28-year-old Ullmark is coming off a 2021 campaign that featured a 9-6-3 record and career-best .917 save percentage behind a downright dreadful Buffalo team.
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