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Rask back skating in Boston

Dec 4, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

Tuukka Rask AP

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is back in Boston after a successful stint with HC Blzen in the Czech Republic.’s Joe Haggerty reports that Rask took to the ice Tuesday morning with teammates Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton, plus a handful of other locked-out NHLers.

Rask, 25, tweaked his groin in October, raising concerns he’d re-aggravated the injury that caused him to miss 19 regular-season and five playoff games last season. Fortunately, those concerns were short-lived.

Rask went 6-2-0 with HC Blzen with a .936 save percentage and 1.85 goals-against average.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Nothing makes me feel worse about being a Leafs fan than this guy. I’d take back the Rask-for-Raycroft deal a million times before taking back the Kessel one.

    • capesouth - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Hindsight is 20-20. I would say, to a degree, the jury is still out on Rask. I love the Bruins and I’ve seen enough of him to know he’ll be solid for them. The only thing I haven’t seen from him is a full season as a starter. Can he be elite for an entire season and can he stay healthy for an entire season? This year is obviously unique bc it will be shortened (if they play at all). He was on a one year deal so I wonder how this effects things going forward.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        It’s hardly hindsight. He was a first-round pick and was named the #1 goalie at the WJC before he got traded. The jury may still be out but it’s hard to see him becoming anything other than a solid starter in the NHL.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        I’m with you. I’m not sold on him being a starter yet. We’ve had plenty of one year wonders in Boston.

      • capesouth - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Hindsight is 20-20 as far as Raycroft goes. He was pretty stellar in Boston. Nobody could have known it would turn out the way it did. It is easy to make an argument that it was an good trade at the time, trading a prospect (unproven in the pros) for a young goalie who has proven himself and won the Calder.

      • capesouth - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Hockeyflow, I wouldn’t even say I’m not sold on him bc I am for the most part. There is just that little point of never having been a starter, even though he has put in some serious time as a pro.

  2. fortwaynekomets - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    great news!!!

    with the lockout ongoing, and with no near end in sight, I seriously doubt well ever see Timmy Thomas back in net for the B’s.

    so glad Rask is on the team, now we just need a solid netminder to fill Thomas’s void.

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