Former Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was seen skating with a Bruins coaching staff member prior to the team’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena Monday morning.
Longtime Boston Bruins fan Jill Murphy arrived early Monday morning to attend the practice and was pleasantly surprised to see Rask out on the ice in full goalie gear and taking some light drills and shots.
OMG Tuukka is on the ice at Warrior!
— Jill Murphy (@jmurphx11) November 8, 2021
Another Bruins fan’s Twitter account then tweeted a photo by Murphy and a source close to Rask later confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that this was indeed the unrestricted free agent goalie who has been rehabbing after offseason hip surgery.
Atenção! Isso não é um treinamento! Tuukka Rask deu as caras na Warrior Ice Arena, a Arena de treinamento dos Bruins. Sabemos que ele tem um longo caminho de recuperação da cirurgia mas já é bom ver ele no gelo!
— Bruins Brasil 🇧🇷 (@Bruins_Brasil) November 8, 2021
Since the Boston Bruins were ousted from the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs last June, Rask, 34, has repeatedly stated that if he was to resume his career, it would only be to play for the Boston Bruins.
“I think, I played on one team when I was in Finland and I’ve been so lucky to be part of one team in the NHL,” Rask told WEEI back on August 25. “For me, it’s about that pride of playing for one team and one team only. I have no reason to chase the money anymore and go somewhere else. I feel the Bruins are my home, Boston is my home and I’ve always wanted to play here, wanted to stay here. The money won’t be an issue.
We had a conversation with ‘Sweens’ [Bruins GM Don Sweeney] and I said I’d be a cheap goalie. I’m not looking for a $7 million contract anymore, I’m at the end of my career. I’d just like to help the team out. I feel like I’m a veteran goalie and there’s some young guys coming in, so whatever I can do to help the guys out, I would do it and end my career as a Bruin.”
In turn, the Boston Bruins have also repeatedly left the door open for a Rask return at some point this season.
“The door is open,” team president Cam Neely said of potential Rask and David Krejci returns back on October 13. “We’ll see what happens. Tuukka’s going through his rehab process and we’ll see where that takes him. We told them both that the door is open if they do decide to come back and then we’ll see where it goes from there, but that remains to be seen for both of them. It really depends on where they’re at both mentally and physically; and from David Krejci’s perspective, if he has an interest in coming back and leaving. I know the family situation was very important for him, and rightfully so, so we’ll see where it goes.”
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) November 8, 2021