It’s Boston or bust for Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
The impending free agent told reporters Friday that he will not play anywhere else but Boston, according to CLNS Media’s Evan Marinofsky.
Rask’s comments come after he said earlier this year that he intends to finish his NHL career with the Bruins.
“I have no intention to play anywhere else than the Bruins,” the former Vezina Trophy winner said in January, according to NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin. “So if I’m good enough to play one, two, three more years, then so be it. If not, then so be it. So that’s where my head’s at.”
The 34-year-old also confirmed during his media availability that he has a torn labrum in his hip and will need surgery. He expects to be recovered from surgery in January or February.
It’s unclear when Rask suffered the injury, but it was known throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs that he was not 100% healthy. Still, the native of Finland led the Bruins into the second round, where they were defeated by the New York Islanders in six games.
Rask also dealt with injuries prior to the playoffs. He missed about one month earlier this season due to a suspected back injury. When he returned for a game against the Islanders in March, he suffered an upper-body injury and missed even more time.
The two-time All-Star finished the regular season with a 15-5-2 record, two shutouts, a 2.28 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Despite the hip injury, he went 6-4 in the playoffs with a 2.35 GAA and .919 SV%, which is pretty impressive.
Rask has spent his entire NHL career in Boston and has molded himself into one of the best netminders in Bruins history. While no extension has been signed yet, it’s reasonable to believe the Bruins will bring him back next season for another shot at the Stanley Cup.