The Stanley Cup before the money
Surgery on a hip in June, Tuukka Rask considers himself fit enough to return to the game. This is why, Tuesday evening, he agreed with the Bruins on the terms of a contract which will bring him the modest sum. a million dollars.
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Since this agreement was signed in proportion to the number of games remaining in the season, the Finn will receive $ 545,000. A godsend considering that the 12-season veteran has some marks in the history of the team, including that of the most wins (306).
According to the site capfriendly, Rask has received, during his career, a total salary of more than $ 61 million. The future of his descendants is assured for generations to come.
Moreover, the one who had been a first round pick of the Maple Leafs (21e in total) in 2005 stressed that the money had nothing to do with his desire to return to the game.
“I want to start playing again in the group with which I have spent my entire career and I want to get another opportunity to win,” he explained via video conference.
Rask was in his second season with the Bruins when they lifted the Stanley Cup in the spring of 2011. However, with Conn-Smythe Trophy recipient Tim Thomas ahead of him, he had not played a game in the Bruins route.
Rask and his teammates went through the pain of losing two finals to the Bruins, in 2013 and 2019.
Marc Bergevin’s Gospel
Except that Bruce Cassidy’s troupe no longer has the power it had in recent seasons. Thanks to an interesting push in the last 10 games, the Bruins are hanging on to last place giving access to the playoffs.
“The heart of this team is still in place. Lately, we have shown that we can still play inspired hockey. The important thing is to qualify for the playoffs. After that, anything can happen, ”said Rask, seeming to release an extract from Marc Bergevin’s Gospel.
Nevertheless, Rask and the other veterans of the team, Patrice Bergeron (36 years old) and Brad Marchand (33 years old), are aware that time is running out if they wish to walk again with the precious trophy.
“We already talked about it. We are realistic. You know you get older and the window closes quietly, ”agreed Rask.
One thing is certain, his return arouses a lot of enthusiasm among the troops.
“He’s one of the best goalies of the last 10 or 15 years. We’re excited to see him again. He’s going to help us win games. He will even steal a few victories for us, ”said Marchand.
Plastic Bertrand’s classic
Before he thinks about top honors, Rask will need to make sure the body holds up. A few weeks ago, he signed an agreement with the Providence Bruins, with whom he needed to get back in shape. However, the schedule upheaval caused by the rise of the Omicron variant thwarted his plans.
Rask has not been idle for the past few weeks.
“I’ve been training with the team for a few months now,” he recalled. Physically, I have been ready for a while. “
“The challenge will be to make sure my game is level. It’s not easy to jump into action in the middle of a season, ”he continued.
Rask will get his first start Thursday night against the Flyers. This match and those it will play over the next few months will certainly dictate the rest: stop or?