It’s Boston or bust for the Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask.
The imminent free agent told reporters Friday that he will not be playing anywhere other than Boston, according to Evan Marinofsky of CLNS Media.
Rask’s comments come after he announced earlier this year that he intends to end his NHL career with the Bruins.
“I have no intention of playing anywhere other than the Bruins,” the former Vezina Trophy winner said in January. Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com. “So if I’m good enough to play one, two, three years more, then so be it. If not, then so be it. Then that’s where my head is in.”
The 34-year-old also confirmed during his media briefing that he has a torn labrum in his hip and will need surgery. Expect to be recovered from surgery in January or February.
It’s unclear when Rask suffered the injury, but it was known throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs that he wasn’t 100% healthy. However, the native of Finland led the Bruins in the second round, where they were defeated by the New York Islanders in six games.
Rask also treated injuries before the playoffs. He passed away about a month earlier this season due to a suspected back injury. When he returned for a game against the Islanders in March, he suffered an injury to his upper body and missed even more time.
The All-Star double finished the regular season with a 15-5-2 record, two stops, an average of 2.28 goals against .913 save rates. Despite the hip injury, he went 6-4 in the playoffs with 2.35 GAA and .919 SV%, which is pretty impressive.
Rask has spent his entire NHL career in Boston and has become one of the best netminders in Bruins history. While no overtime has been signed, it is reasonable to believe that the Bruins will bring him back next season for another shot at the Stanley Cup.