The end of the road appears to be here for Tuukka Rask
The Tuukka Rask comeback tour is over, and the end of the road may be here for the career-long Bruins netminder, according to the latest report from The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa.
Per Shinzawa, the 34-year-old’s Rask recovery from offseason hip surgery has not gone as well as he hoped, and the Bruins are not expecting Rask to continue his comeback attempt. Shinzawa also noted that a formal decision for Rask to finalize his retirement from the game of hockey could come in the coming days.
Rask, who signed a pro-rated contract worth $1 million last month, went 2-2-0 with an .844 save percentage in four appearance with the B’s this season. Rask stopped 22-of-27 shots in his final outing, a Jan. 24 loss to the Ducks, and suffered a setback that’s kept him off the ice since and will ultimately end his season (and likely his career).
The franchise’s all-time wins leader, Rask spent his entire 564-game career with the Bruins, and went 308-165-66 with a .921 save percentage. That .921 save percentage is the third-best in NHL history, trailing only Dominik Hasek and Ken Dryden, both of whom are tied atop the all-time leaderboard with a .922 save percentage.
The Finland native won a Stanley Cup as the backup to Tim Thomas in 2011, and later took the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals as the team’s starting goaltender, in 2013 and 2019.
With Rask out of the picture, the Bruins will turn back to the Jeremy Swayman-Linus Ullmark tandem.