Bruins G Rask could join team without playing minor



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy has said goaltender Tuukka Rask could join the team without playing in the minor leagues.

Rask, who has not played in the NHL since undergoing hip labrum surgery in the offseason, signed a professional tryout deal with AHL Providence on Thursday.

However, the two Providence Bruins’ games scheduled for this weekend against Lehigh Valley have been postponed due to COVID-19 issues involving the Phantoms. Providence is not expected to play again until Friday.

“To be honest, I don’t know when he’s going to play,” Cassidy said after Boston’s morning practice before Saturday night’s game at Tampa Bay. “So, at the moment, I can’t give you the final plan. He’s training and we’ll try to get him into an action game wherever we can. He might have to start playing here and miss a few missions in Providence.

A decision is expected in the Bruins’ seven home games that kick off Wednesday night against Montreal. Boston heads to Washington on Monday evening.

Rask, 34, spent 14 seasons with Boston and is the franchise leader in terms of wins. He has been training at the Bruins’ training facility for over two months and is considering resuming his career, which features two all-star caps and won the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy and 2019-20 Jennings Trophy.

Rask’s next game will be his first since June when he allowed four goals in a Game 6 loss to the New York Islanders in Boston’s loss in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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