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Agent On Tuukka Rask: ‘Bruins Will Be The Team’

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Late Wednesday afternoon, another report surfaced that Tuukka Rask will sign a professional tryout with the AHL affiliate for the Boston Bruins, the Providence Bruins, either today or tomorrow.

Boston Hockey Now then emailed Rask’s agent Markus Lehto to confirm the report and also confirm that no other NHL team had jumped into the fray and piqued Rask’s interest. Lehto would not confirm or deny the latest Providence PTO report but he did make it clear that regardless of any interest or contract offers from any other NHL team, the winningest goalie in Boston Bruins history is about to officially become a Bruin once again.

“Bruins will be the team,” Lehto wrote.

As Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has told the media twice since Dec. 28, the latest report Wednesday, from PuckPedia, is that the plan is for Tuukka Rask to play one or maybe even two games for the P-Bruins in Providence this weekend while the Bruins are on a two-game road trip to Tampa Bay (Saturday) and Washington (Monday). According to Puckpedia in a Twitter direct message to BHN Wednesday night, that PTO will be signed ‘within the next day or two’ and Rask will do what amounts to an AHL conditioning stint to test if he’s ready for game action.

 

 

On Thursday morning, NHL Network and ESPN analyst Kevin Weekes tweeted that Rask will be practicing with the P-Bruins on Thursday.

 

 

This all came a day after Lehto wrote this in an email to Boston Hockey Now:

“No deal in place for Tuukka.”

Later Tuesday, an NHL source close to the situation, also confirmed to BHN, a Tuesday morning report in The Athletic that the Bruins were hoping that Tuukka Rask would sign the professional tryout with the Providence Bruins this week. Since then, that same source has told Boston Hockey Now that this PTO with Providence had in fact been a sticking point to getting a contract done but as Puckpedia is clearly hearing, it appears both parties think that’s the best move before the Boston Bruins and Rask once again put ink to paper on a new contract.

As he did last week, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that to be the plan for Tuukka Rask as well on Tuesday morning.

“The immediate plan is he’s here; he’s going to practice with us this week,” Cassidy said. ‘He will not travel with us to Tampa or Washington. I think there will be a conversation then, with Donny [Sweeney] about Providence. I think it’s the best opportunity for him to get live-action. So they’ll have that discussion. I know it’s been thrown out there whether it happens or not. …between Tuukka and his reps and Donny, but that would be the timeline if he’s gonna go down there, given everything else is on schedule.

Obviously, it depends on when he is cleared for live-action. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the American League or the NHL, he needs to be cleared. So, that’s the next hurdle for him is clearance to play, but that would be the timeline that they’re all hoping for.”

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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William Mahoney

Time to trade Rask for a center line man that can score – Jack Eichel!

Alex Charron

He will make sure he signs a no trade contract

Cashmanrocks

Kind of like Cassidy’s new lines. Rask will help! Time to trade DeBrusk to a reeling Edmonton team for their low 1st round pick.

Orrfan

Just a little sidebar, but Sweeney and co. are playing with fire. This is obviously a desperation move, attempting to distract from the disastrous drafting and free agent signings over the past few years. How do you get rid of an offensive dynamo, the 4th member of the Perfection Line in Torey Krug, without having some idea how you’ll replace his production? After losing Chara, how then do you let Lauzon be exposed to the expansion draft, without lining up a defenseman with an equal amount of “snarl”? Forbort? Puhleease. Then, when you’re about to lose David Krejci, how do… Read more »

Robert Poissant

Losing Lauzon was a mistake but the again they should try to get the young defenseman Jacob C. who is only 23 and would be a Bruin fit and then get Lauzon back somehow. Arizona probably will trade this Jacob kid. Just sayin’.

Rick W Murray

If Rask signs for anything more than two million, nothing’s changed he’s still thinking Rask and only Rask please get rid of this guy

Niinuska

Only Rask haters writing here, that is unfair. He has also fans who have waited for 7 months to see him again.

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