Bruins’ Tuukka Rask performed via torn labrum in hip, might miss begin of subsequent NHL season

NHL gamers are likely to intestine out accidents through the playoffs, however what Tuukka Rask performed via through the Bruins’ playoff run is absurd.

As Rask confirmed to reporters throughout Friday morning’s exit interviews, he handled a torn labrum in his hip through the playoffs. He’ll want surgical procedure to restore the problem.

“I’ve a torn labrum in my hip. I will do surgical procedure,” Rask stated, per Nick Goss of NBC Sports activities Boston. “I simply do not know what the precise date is, in all probability inside a month. I will begin the restoration course of after which we’ll see what the long run holds after that. Hopefully, the restoration goes nicely and I will be able to play hockey in some unspecified time in the future subsequent yr.”

It was clear through the closing couple of video games within the Bruins vs. Islanders sequence that Rask wasn’t fairly himself. He performed simply two intervals towards New York in Sport 5, surrendering 4 targets on 16 photographs, earlier than exiting. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Rask had “some upkeep that wanted to be executed” through the closing interval of the sport.

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In Sport 6, Rask saved 23 of 27 photographs however did not look 100%. He wasn’t shifting in addition to he had earlier within the sequence. After the Bruins had been eradicated, Cassidy hinted that Rask wanted surgical procedure.

Now, we all know why. That Rask was capable of keep on the ice with a torn labrum in his hip is spectacular. Nevertheless, taking part in via the harm might value him some taking part in time subsequent season.

Rask stated that he needs to play in Boston once more subsequent yr, however he will not have the ability to return till January on the earliest.

“I do (wish to play subsequent yr). Mentally, I am up for that,” Rask stated. “The bodily side, hopefully all the things goes nicely. We would in all probability be a January or February return to hockey. That is kinda the plan, and hopefully it really works out.”

Actually, if Boston needs Rask (a free agent) to return, having him sidelined to start out the season is just not best.

A query arises from this as nicely; did Boston actually have to start out Rask at lower than 100%?

The Bruins have a wealth of goaltender expertise. Their backup, Jeremy Swayman, posted a 7-3-0 report, .945 save share and 1.50 targets towards common in 10 regular-season begins. And veteran Jaroslav Halak (9-6-4 report, .905 SV share, 2.53 GAA) additionally was additionally out there.

Positive, beginning both over Rask would have been a danger. Swayman’s an inexperienced rookie and he did hand over a objective on three photographs towards the Islanders in reduction of Rask throughout Sport 5. Halak struggled towards the tip of the season after coming off the COVID record and noticed Swayman overtake him on the depth chart.

However each did have one benefit over Rask: They had been presumably wholesome.

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