Who’s the odd man out?
Swayman makes the most sense to be the third goalie, as he still can be sent to the AHL without being claimed. Despite that, he has shown in his 23 games that he can be an elite goaltender. Ullmark’s contract will make it tough for Bruins management to sit a $20 million goalie.
There is also a chance that the B’s will attempt to keep all three in the NHL for the rest of the year. Depending on the contract Rask signs, that will determine how easy this will be for the front office. This was the plan last year, which forced Jaroslav Halak to only play three games in April and May.
Sending Swayman to Providence?
Jeremy Swayman is the best goalie prospect the B’s have had since Rask, which may put some added pressure on Don Sweeney to keep him in the NHL.
Swayman has shown that at any level he will play hard and succeed. This season, the rookie goaltender has 7-4-3 record with a 2.15 GAA and .922 SV%.
He played in nine AHL games last year, putting up an insane numbers. It’s very possible that a few more games in the minors could be pivotal to Swayman’s overall growth, but he’s proven he can play in the NHL.
Will Rask be the same?
This will be Rask’s 15th year with the Bruins, assuming he returns. Over the past few seasons we have seen Rask getting injured more often, and more serious, with previous concussions, and the torn labrum he’s coming off.
These injuries should raise a little concern for Bruins fans and management.
On the other hand, Rask has shown that he’s willing to risk his health and well-being for the success of our franchise.
What should happen?
The Bruins are in a very good position in the crease for both now and the future. Swayman is the man of the future, Ullmark is supposed to be the current answer, but Rask is the best option.
The Finnish goaltender has proven the most, played the most games in B’s history and has the fourth-best save percentage of all time. It’s clear Rask should be the starter if he returns, as long as he’s healthy and happy owning the Boston crease.