Boston Bruins: Our Fan Base Owes An Apology To Tuukka Rask

Boston Bruins, Tuukka Rask #40 (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins, Tuukka Rask #40 (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

As more detail emerges behind Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask’s reasoning to leave Toronto, it’s clear that our fan base owes him an apology.

The Boston Bruins lost their first choice goaltender Tuukka Rask for what may be the entirety of the time they’re in the ‘bubble’ constructed for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This was a result of him opting to head home to his young family. At the time, we questioned how committed he was and in hindsight, this was likely a harsh comment to make.

The reasoning behind us turning our opinion around is the fact that Tuukka Rask, it has been revealed, headed home due to an emergency medical issue affecting one of his three daughters. Any parent knows that they’d drop anything and do the same if their child was sick.

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When the Boston Bruins announced he was leaving the bubble, it came on the back of a press conference during which Tuukka Rask had called out the lack of a decent atmosphere, and caused plenty of questions to be asked as to whether he was giving playoff levels of effort.

That in turn led to a response driven by tremendous amounts of vitriol from the group that should’ve supported him regardless, the Boston Bruins fanbase.

His departure was for all the right reasons, which only comes to light now in hindsight. You still must wonder whether Tuukka Rask will choose to renew when his current deal ultimately expires. If I’m in his shoes, I don’t soon forget the amount of nonsense spouted in the past week.

Simply put, we’re sorry to have ever doubted your motives Tuukka Rask. You’ve been tremendously committed to the Boston Bruins over the years and deserve to have our fan base’s support in a time of worry and need.

There is still a chance that Rask can rejoin the team if we continue on in the Stanley Cup; it’s unlikely he’d be back for the second round though given the restrictions placed on people that have left the bubble.

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Should he return, he’s going to have his work cut out to usurp Jaroslav Halak, who right now sits on three wins from three. I doubt he’d complain at watching from the sidelines though as long as we go all the way, of course!