Tuukka Rask eyes return in late December, but only with Bruins

Tuukka Rask eyes return in late December, but only with Bruins Jun 9, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) reacts after a goal by the New York Islanders during the second period of game six of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Tuukka Rask is forecasting a potential return from hip surgery as early as late December, and he only wants to suit up with the Boston Bruins.

The 34-year-old unrestricted free agent goaltender addressed both topics on Boston-area radio WEEI FM on Wednesday morning. "I'll be ready to go probably around Christmas time, January," Rask said. "So hopefully I can start skating here in a month and a half or so and then progress from there and be ready to go in January." Rask has played his entire career with the Bruins, and he doesn't envision wearing another NHL uniform. "I played with one team when I was in Finland (Ilves Tampere), I have been so lucky to be part of only one team in the NHL," Rask said. "For me, it's about that pride of playing for one team and one team only. I have no reason to chase the money anymore and go somewhere else. It's going to be one of those things where the Bruins are my home, Boston is my home. I've always wanted to play here, wanted to stay here. So the money won't be an issue. We had a conversation with (Bruins general manager Don Sweeney) and I will be a cheap goalie for them." Rask signed an eight-year, $56 million contract with the Bruins on July 10, 2013. He was named the Vezina Trophy recipient in 2014. Rask played in just 24 of Boston's 56 games last season, posting a 15-5-2 record with two shutouts, a .913 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average. He started all 11 playoff games for the Bruins, whose season ended in the second round with a loss to the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the series. Rask is 306-163-66 with 52 shutouts, a 2.27 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 560 games (539 starts) with Boston since making his NHL debut on Nov. 20, 2007.

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