Tuukka Rask’s comeback attempt is reportedly over.
According to The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa, the Bruins don’t expect the goaltender back on the ice and Rask “may finalize his retirement decision in the next few days.” The 34-year-old is on injured reserve after aggravating his hip injury and Shinzawa reports he simply hasn’t bounced back the way he hoped after offseason surgery.
If Rask does indeed hang up the skates, he’ll retire as the winningest goaltender in Bruins history (308 victories). Boston will be left with a Jeremy Swayman (2.31 GAA, 0.916 save percentage) and Linus Ullmark (2.64 GAA, 0.913 save percentage) tandem for the remainder of the season.
Rask had wanted to return for one more run at a Stanley Cup with the Bruins core that he came into the league with.
“We’re realistic that we’re getting older. The window is closing. Whenever that is, a year, two years, three years? Who knows? It’s closing. We know that,” Rask said in January.
Story by Chris Mason, masslive.com