BOSTON (AP) – A year after defender Zdino Chara left 6-foot-9, the Bruins face another potential departure almost looming.
Goalie Tuukka Rask, 2014 Vezina Award Winner and Career Leader of the Original Six franchise in Games and Wins, qualifies to be an unrestricted free agent. Both sides opted not to discuss a new contract during the season, leaving negotiations for the summer after a disappointing post-season finale when Raske recovers from an undisclosed injury.
The Bruins also need to decide on striker David Krejci, who like Rask is another one of only four players from the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. Adding Madison, Taylor Hall is also a free agent.
“It’s the same answer as every year: We’re all getting older, and it’s not going to last forever,” Rusk said Wednesday night after the 6-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game Six of Two. The tour series ended the Boston season. “(The window) will definitely close at some point.”
The 34-year-old Finn who led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 and 19 — was a reserve in the team that won it all — Rusk led the league with a 2.12-goal average in the last NHL bubble season before withdrawing from the playoffs to deal with emergencies. familial.
Raske was 15-5-2 this year with a 2.28 GAA, but was upset about what coach Bruce Cassidy said was a “disturbing injury” during the playoffs.
“He was healthy enough to play. He’s the starting goalkeeper and he’s told us he’s ready to go and that’s it,” Cassidy said on Wednesday. … there may be surgery in the future. That’s his decision.”
Rask confirmed that he might need surgery, but after the match he refused to disclose the injury.
“I don’t want to go into that now,” he said. “I don’t think this should be the headline now.”
But playing your head was the focus, especially when he was pulled out of game five after allowing four goals in the first two games. He returned for the sixth match, when the islanders scored four goals against him (and added two goals in the empty net).
Cassidy said the goalkeeper “wasn’t good enough to win, but we weren’t.”
“This was not in Tuukka,” said the coach. “Of course he could have been better. We mismanaged some pucks which put him in some bad spots as well. This was a loss for the team, all the way.”
Craigsey has finished fourth in the team with 44 points (8 goals, 36 assists) this season – only trailing “perfect streak” Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pasternak. Like Rusk, the 35-year-old center played his entire career with Boston.
“There’s something to be said about playing in one organization and now, that’s what it’s like for both Tuukka and David,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in May. “I think they both would probably like to end their careers as the Boston Bruin, so let’s see what happens this off season.”
The previous No. 1 overall pick who came to Boston in mid-April, Hall was sourced from Buffalo to boost the team that was expected to contend for the cup. Since losing to St. Louis in Game Seven of the 2019 Final, the Bruins have been two consecutive exits in the second round.
“We’d expect a longer run in this room,” Marchand said. “We thought we had a group that could really go deep this year.”
After saying goodbye to their longtime captain last year and facing more defections this summer, it is not clear how many opportunities they will have.
“This nucleus is getting older from year to year,” Bergeron said. “It is disappointing. You have a good team. You have chances. And you know they don’t come around very often — especially later in your career. You want to get the most out of it.”