Veteran goalkeeper Tuukka Rask is officially on the way back. He signed a professional probationary contract with Providence Bruins of AHL on Wednesday, the franchise announced.
Rask is an unrestricted free agent and underwent surgery to repair a tear in his right hip in July. The 34-year-old Netminder is scheduled to start for Providence on Friday when they host Lehigh Valley Phantoms. After some conditions with Providence, Rask is finally expected to sign with Bruins. With a record of 306-163-66, Rask is the franchise’s career leader in terms of wins.
“I feel great,” Rask said in a Zoom call with members of the media, with permission from NESN’s George Balekji. “The biggest problem for me is that the joint is caught and the pain created.. it all goes away. Physically I feel great. Obviously it’s been a while since the action game but we’ll have the game tomorrow and see what happens after that.”
Up to this point, Bruins’ goal situation has been handled by both of them Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark, who later signed a four-year, $20 million contract for the season. It’s been a very even share, with Swayman starting 15 games and Ullmark starting 14 games so far this season.
Rask spent his entire 13 years NHL career with the Bruins. The Finnish goalkeeper won the Vezina Cup in 2014, the annual award given to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. In addition, Rask also reached the final of the Vezina Trophy in 2020.
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