It was never supposed to end like this. Tuukka Rask's tenure in Boston (and career) is unfortunately ending, and it's not on his terms. Rask's attempted comeback after offseason hip surgery has been halted after suffering a setback in his last appearance vs. Anaheim. The B's placed him on IR after discomfort relating to his hip surgery and that's going to be all she wrote. Rask is not expected to continue his comeback and will "finalize his retirement decision in the next few days". I keep saying it but man it sucks it had to end like this. I give all the credit in the world to Tuukka for trying to return, but unfortunately recognizing that he didn't have it right away.
Thank you to Tuukka Rask, the winningest goalie in Boston Bruins history for everything. One hell of a career, 308-165-66 with a .921 save percentage here in Boston. Didn't care or listen to the haters. I'll have more on his career later when he officially announces his retirement. But man, I'm sad. First Chara, then Krejci, now Rask...
The "good news" for the B's is that Linus Ullmark has been nails of late and Jeremy Swayman has returned. David Pastrnak is red hot with 16 goals in his last 16 games. I'm sure they'll be looking to add a piece or two before the trade deadline. Biggest thing will be health, Boston has 39 games in the next 81 days (shout out Jack Edwards for the stat). Buckle up.
So long, partner.
(h/t The Athletic)