Bruins goalie Tukka Rask exits NHL bubble for good

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The NHL’s hardened Canadian bubble has helped hockey skate circles around the coronavirus. But it requires a major sacrifice from the players, one that some of them may not be able to make indefinitely.

Case in point: Bruins goalie Tukka Rask has opted out for the remainder of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that’s being with my family,” Rask said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “I want to thank the Bruins and my teammates for their support and wish them success.”

The Bruins support Rask’s decision.

“We understand completely where Tuukka is coming from,” Bruins G.M. Don Sweeney said. “I don’t think it’s any big surprise to us, to be honest. We were privy to some information before the rest of the public. This has been a difficult decision for Tuukka. But the Boston Bruins are in full support of why he made this decision.

“His family is safe and healthy. But with a newborn and two other young girls it’s been challenging. It’s nothing specific. Fortunately, his family is healthy. To have their dad back to be around on a regular basis is exactly what Tuukka needs to do at this point in time.”

The NFL could face a similar situation, if the league converts the current trend toward “voluntary” local bubbles into something less voluntary — and if the NFL Players Association secures in return for a hardened team-by-team bubble the ability of players to tap out at any time.

12 responses to “Bruins goalie Tukka Rask exits NHL bubble for good

  1. A few days ago Rask mentioned in a press availability that it wasn’t a playoff atmosphere. It was obvious that he meant that it’s August, there are no fans, etc., but that didn’t stop the Boston sports jackwagons from piling on and saying Rask wasn’t treating the games like playoff games.

    I have a feeling that while his family issues are his #1 concern, the Boston sports guys’ lousy behavior helped make his decision easy.

  2. remizak says:
    August 15, 2020 at 2:33 pm
    A few days ago Rask mentioned in a press availability that it wasn’t a playoff atmosphere. It was obvious that he meant that it’s August, there are no fans, etc., but that didn’t stop the Boston sports jackwagons from piling on and saying Rask wasn’t treating the games like playoff games.

    I have a feeling that while his family issues are his #1 concern, the Boston sports guys’ lousy behavior helped make his decision easy.

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    I’d bet his attitude was dragging the team down. His body language has shown in the past like from 2014-2017 in postseasons . Rask has always had a bit of Brady in him and would rarely show leadetship qualitties when he’d have some bad stretches or postseason games.

    Lots of indifference and shrugs in postgame interviews and not really
    defending the defense when he could have.

    Great goalie when he wanted to be.

  3. Hes been in the league for a long time and is financially set and what he has at home money or time cannot replace. There will be those folks that decry team above all else, hes weak, let the team down etc. And it will get louder when it hits the nfl. But I bet most of those folks never held their own newborn minutes old. I’m a rabid sports fan but sports during the pandemic are a nice distraction, if leagues can pull it off. It’s not real real..I’d do the same.

  4. Way to leave your fellow employees and teamates hangin when they need you the most. Selfish.

  5. There were rumors back in March that he was considering retirement after his contract ended in 2021 He did his best to squelch them, but it’s clear they originated from somewhere.

    As far as his family goes, they would have been able to join him for the conference final and beyond. So, we’re only talking 2-3 weeks until then. Of course if Boston gets bounced, he would have been home sooner.

    I’m guessing his lack of desire is the bigger issue. Maybe the team just had enough and told him to go home if he doesn’t have the fire to compete.

    I have a feeling he’s played his last game for Boston and maybe even the NHL.

  6. Jimmy McGill says:
    August 15, 2020 at 3:15 pm
    There were rumors back in March that he was considering retirement after his contract ended in 2021 He did his best to squelch them, but it’s clear they originated from somewhere.

    As far as his family goes, they would have been able to join him for the conference final and beyond. So, we’re only talking 2-3 weeks until then. Of course if Boston gets bounced, he would have been home sooner.

    I’m guessing his lack of desire is the bigger issue. Maybe the team just had enough and told him to go home if he doesn’t have the fire to compete.

    I have a feeling he’s played his last game for Boston and maybe even the NHL.

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    I agree. He was great last postseason, but you sort of got the impression that was the window slamming shut.

    Like I said, great when he had the fire lit which is part of why Halak was in there as much as he was as a backup.

    Nice career, but never won the big one.

  7. I don’t know him or his situation, but if my wife had just had a baby AND has two more little ones at home in this day and age of virus… that’s exactly where she’d expect me to be, too.
    Maybe he doesn’t have any grandparents or other family to help. It doesn’t matter. Family is first, and if she cried for help, I’d be there, too.

  8. He has a newborn baby at home. Lotta keyboard warriors on here making comments about a 33 year old grown man who is missing moments of his 3 Month old baby’s life. Good for him. He’s more of a man than most

  9. While I understand his priorities, his timing was even worse than Andrew Luck’s whose priorities I believe I also understand.

  10. As I guy with a wife and 3 kids I can attest that life gets complicated. Some situations require your full attention. I am not going to pass judgement on another man’s personal decision with respect to his family. Hope everything works out for him.

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