Things have quieted down on the NHL trade and free agent markets as the dog days of summer have hit the NHL scene for the first time in two years.
Remember, at this time last summer, the NHL was just kicking things off in the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles or what some may look back on as some hockey sci-fi flick. Fast forward to now and NHLers are finally able to have a bit of a break from the monotony of the NHL season. Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask will actually get an extended break as he recovers from hip surgery but that rehabbing doesn’t prevent him from doing something fun like taking in a concert at Fenway Park.
Hobbling around on crutches, Rask, who loves heavy metal, found himself in Paradise City as he took in a Guns N Roses show, the first concert at Boston’s biggest bar since September 2019.
A wild Rask spotted at Guns ‘n Roses pic.twitter.com/m4LMtDW9OZ
— Boston Diehards (@Boston_Diehards) August 4, 2021
As is par for the course, the Tuukka haters were out in full force Wednesday morning claiming that if he can go to a concert then he can play. Or that Rask being there shows he doesn’t care about his team because he should be home resting and recovering. Rask is still an unrestricted free agent. It’s highly unlikely any team will try to pry him off the market, and even if they did, Rask, like David Krejci was, is on record as saying he will either continue his career with the Bruins or leave the NHL.
Why do these, as Charlie Coyle called them: ‘Bozos’, continue to hate on the winningest goalie in team history and someone so in love with playing for the Bruins? Just like those Bruins fans who underappreciated Krejci will miss him, the ‘Bozos’ are about to realize how much they miss Rask. Cue the GnR cover of ‘Since I Don’t Have You’.
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