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Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins looks on during action against the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 19, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask’s return to the Bruins may only be a matter of time.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy talked with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich on Friday morning, and the team’s intriguing goaltending situation was chief among the topics. He obviously couldn’t confirm anything as far as what Rask, currently a free agent, will end up doing when he’s ready to return to hockey from offseason surgery. But he indicated that Rask and the Bruins will inevitably get together to discuss a possible return.

“He’s in rehabbing some mornings, doing well,” Cassidy said. “It’s a lengthy-enough procedure, no matter what. Still got to get back on the ice. But he’s probably on target for – I was originally told probably late January, February, somewhere in that area. So, there will be some things to be sorted out down the road, I guess, for him and us. But right now, he’s doing well, and he looks good.”

Cassidy also said Rask hasn’t specifically told him whether he only wanted to play for the Bruins. But it certainly sounds like, if Rask wants to keep playing in the first place, he would do it in Boston.

“It would be a good problem to have down the road if it turns out that way, but again, speculation right now,” Cassidy added.

As for the current goaltenders, the Bruins still haven’t decided between who will start Saturday’s season opener between the Bruins and Dallas Stars. But Cassidy did confirm that both Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman will get starts in the first four games of the season.

“That’s still to be determined,” Cassidy said, on the starter for Saturday. “We’ve got to talk to them today, so I’ll let you guys know right after practice. But I will tell you, we got four games coming up, so they’ll both see the net. It won’t be just one guy. Swayman’s a little ahead of Ullmark right now, through preseason, Ullmark’s more experienced, so we’ve just got to make sure we make the right call, that’s all.”

Listen below for the full interview.