Tuukka Rask is back where he belongs.
The Boston Bruins did the inevitable on Tuesday, bringing back one of the best goalies in franchise history, Tuukka Rask, on a one-year deal worth $1 million. PuckPedia first reported the signing.
Indeed, this is a move that has been heralded for quite some time.
Lasker, who spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Bruins after being traded to Boston in 2006, began skating on the team’s practice range earlier this season despite being uncontracted, suggesting he could be Back to the future in the near future.
Late last week, Lasker signed a PTO deal with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence in anticipation of the 34-year-old’s start in several of the team’s games, and he took another step forward. meaningful step. The upcoming weekend series against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is back on his sea legs after a six-month hiatus.
Alas, those plans weren’t doomed, as the AHL Bruins’ road trip was quickly canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Phantoms lineup.
So, on Tuesday morning, the Providence Bears released Lasker from his PTO, clearing the way for the veteran to sign with the only team he really knows.
Lasker remained an effective goalie last season, despite his age.
In 24 games during the 2021 campaign cut short by the pandemic, Lasker is 15-5-2 with a .913 save percentage and two suspensions. It’s hard to imagine any team scoffing at those numbers, especially the Bruins, who are so familiar with Lasker.
With Lasker back, it will be interesting to see what the Bruins do with their goalie rotation for the rest of the year. The team is currently on a seven-game winning streak, with both Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman leading the way.
Swieman, in particular, is exempt from waivers and can be sent to taxi fleets without reaching the entire league. That’s the likely outcome of this situation once Lasker has regained his speed, although Swieman has had a pretty solid 16-game season this season with a .918 save percentage.
Alas, these are great questions if you’re a Bears fan. You can never have too many quality goals. In a year when COVID-19 could strike at any moment, that sentiment has never been more real.