What it means for the Bruins’ present and future in goal – The Athletic

Tuukka Rask is back. The goalkeeper with the second best save percentage ever is signed to be Bruin through the season for $ 1 million.

That’s good for the Bruins. In the last month plus, the winner of the Vezina Trophy 2014 has played like an ace in practice. The Bruins, who have seen less action than anyone except two teams, will welcome goalkeeping depth to a punishing 50-game sprint. Rask is likely to make his season debut on Thursday at TD Garden against Philadelphia. He has owned the Flyers throughout his career (19-2-4 record, 0.927 saving percentage).

All of this is possible because Rask, through agent Markus Lehto, accepted an agreement that any employer would consider generous. For example, there was no need for the Bruins to bet on Jake DeBrusk and his average annual value of $ 3.675 million to make room for Rask and accept pennies on the dollar as a supplement.

“I applaud Tuukka and Markus,” said general manager Don Sweeney. “They are not blind to the salary cap challenges we all face. I appreciate that they work with us in that regard. It really does not change, other than strengthening the depth of our team and hopefully putting us in a really strong position as an organization without necessarily changing the cap dynamics. ”

Rask forms a three-goalkeeper formation together with Linus Ullmark and


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