The longtime Boston Bruins goalie and unlimited free agent Tuukka Rask could join the team’s drills and play for AHL-affiliated Providence in January if he chooses to rewrite with the NHL squad, says head coach Bruce Cassidy.
After spending 14 seasons in a Bruins uniform and becoming the franchise’s most winning goalkeeper, Rask has not signed a contract with an NHL team for the 2021-22 season. He has practiced with former teammates at the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass.
Rask, 34, underwent surgery for a torn labrum in the hip in July and has been rehabilitated ever since.
After training on Tuesday, Cassidy said there have been talks between team and goalkeeper about a new contract and potential return.
“There have been preliminary discussions,” Cassidy told the media in a Zoom call. “What if the game is tough, but he’s here, so we all know there’s an interest from both sides. What’s evolving along the way, how he fits into our cap, that’s all questions for Donny ( Sweeney). “
If he was signed again, Rask would start practicing with Boston in the new year and be able to play for Providence.
“The plan would be to practice with us, and then at some point Providence would be an option. Practice and maybe some games down there,” Cassidy said.
“I would suppose you’ll see a guy here for a couple of weeks practicing when we go on the road, it’s my guess he’ll probably go to Providence that week because we just do not have much work “And when we come back, in the middle of January, where is he? Is he ready to play?”
Rask finished last season with a record of 15-5-2, 2.28 goals against the average and a save percentage of 0.913. He was 6-4-0 in the playoffs with a 2.36 GAA and a .919 save percentage.