Bruins have taken calls on Tuukka Rask!

It sounds like the goalie might be back in the rumour mill…

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Tuukka Rask has no interest in leaving the Boston Bruins. However, we can’t say if it’s reciprocal… 

There is still a sentiment of anger from fans who remember how the goalie left before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Carolina Hurricanes this summer, as he headed back home to attend a family emergency. During the offseason, Rask got a lot of criticism over his decision to leave the Toronto bubble, with some fans and pundits wondering if it would have an impact on his next contract with the team. The 33-year-old netminder is currently playing the last season of his eight-year contract he inked back in 2013. 

“I have no intention to play anywhere else besides with the Bruins. If I’m good enough to play another one, two, three years, so be it.”

However, insider Pierre LeBrun revealed that Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was taking calls about Rask during the offseason, and so it gets us wondering if a move involving the netminder could be done ahead of the trade deadline. 

While Sweeney may have been listening to calls on Rask but that doesn’t mean he was keen to move him. As we know as of now the Bruins don’t have anyone in their system to replace Rask after this season. They would need to add to their roster in order to get a strong prospect ready to support Jaroslav Halak if a move was getting done. 

The Bruins could go fishing on the free-agent market to seek a replacement with potentially Toronto’s Frederik Andersen, Nashville’s aging Pekka Rinne, San Jose’s Devan Dubnyk, Arizona’s injury-prone Antti Raanta and Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer. But it could be limited and nothing close to Rask’s talent. 

A lot of changes have taken place in Boston this offseason, and not necessarily good ones with the departures of Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara. Rask was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the goalie voted as best in the NHL during the regular season as he was 26-8-8 in 41 starts with a League-best 2.12 GAA, finishing second with a .929 save percentage. The Bruins better hold on to him.