Bruins officially sign goaltender Tuukka Rask to one-year deal


Tuukka Rask's return to the Boston Bruins is complete.

The veteran goaltender has signed a one-year free agent contract with the B's, the team announced Tuesday.

PuckPedia was the first to report Rask's team-friendly deal, which is worth less than $1 million for the rest of the 2021-22 NHL season.

Rask has been practicing with the Bruins for several weeks and signed a PTO deal with the AHL's Providence Bruins last week. He never appeared in a game for Providence because its two games last weekend were postponed due to COVID-19. The Finnish goalie had offseason surgery to repair a torn hip labrum and has undergone a successful rehab.

The Bruins have three more games this week -- Wednesday against the Canadiens, Thursday against the Flyers and Saturday against the Predators. Watching Rask return to action versus the rival Canadiens would be fun.

Rask has spent the last 16 years in the Bruins organization, including the previous nine as the team's starting netminder. He's the Bruins' all-time leader in wins and save percentage. 

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The 34-year-old Rask (he'll turn 35 in March) joins Linus Ullmark and rookie Jeremy Swayman on Boston's goalie depth chart.

The B's could carry three goalies, but the most likely scenario now that Rask is in the fold is Swayman being sent to Providence. Swayman doesn't need waivers to go down to the AHL. Even if Swayman goes to the P-Bruins, he could still make several spot starts for the NHL club throughout the rest of the season. Injuries and COVID-19 will continue to have an impact on each position group.


The only thing left for Rask to accomplish with the Bruins is winning the Stanley Cup as a starting goalie. He's come close a few times, and this season might be his last chance.