With the losses mounting for the Boston Bruins and goaltender Tuukka Rask, you knew it was only a matter of time until the temperamental goaltender turned on the local media. After losing 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers last night, Rask finally had enough.
When asked by reporters about a potential controversy between himself and backup Anton Khudobin, Rask was clear in his words saying, “It’s only a matter of what you guys (in the press) write that makes it a controversy.” “For us, it’s not a controversy,” said Rask. “Obviously people look at salaries — how much I’m making ($7 million) and how much he’s making ($1.2 million) — and make that a big deal. But if he’s playing very, very good and getting the wins, then I can’t complain.”
Rask has been hot and cold, but mostly cold, since returning to the Bruins’ lineup from a concussion suffered in practice at the hands of rookie Anders Bjork in October. He described the difficult situation for reporters and admitted that it’s tough to stay positive.
“It’s been different that I haven’t been playing. It can affect you mentally if you let it. I try not to. Doby has played unbelievable. He’s getting the wins and that’s what matters. We need wins. I totally understand. The only thing I can control is to show up, have a good work ethic and a good attitude. And when you play you try to give the team a chance to win. Obviously, it’s something new, but it hasn’t been affecting me a lot.”
While we applaud the effort, the results have to follow with Rask. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if his name begins to pop up in trade rumors in the near future.