During the postseason, as the second-round series with the New York Islanders continued on, coach Bruce Cassidy said that Tuukka Rask was dealing with some nagging injuries. Follow the Bruins’ elimination to the Islanders, Rask announced that he was playing with a torn hip labrum, which is going to require surgery. His time frame to return is January or February of 2022.
Will Rask be here in January or February of 2022? That’s the question. The 34-year-old has said that he only wants to play in Boston and has no desire to sign elsewhere. His eight-year, $56 million contract is up and what would he be looking for in a new deal with the Bruins?
If he does return, it will most likely be on a two-year deal and a pay cut from what he earned the last eight seasons. With him down and out until after the New Year, Sweeney has to decide that if Rask does re-sign, do they hit the free-agent goalie market for a veteran to go with either Jeremy Swayman or Dan Vladar, or do they go with the two rookies?