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Rask’s younger brother leaves Preds, returns to Finland


There’s only one hockey-playing Rask in North America now.

On Monday, Nashville forward Joonas Rask signed on with HIFK of Finland’s SM-liiga, the club announced. Joonas is the younger brother of Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, and had been with the Predators organization for the last two seasons after being selected at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Joonas, 24, came to the Preds with some promise after scoring 18 points in 32 games for Tampere in 2011-12. He made his NHL debut during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, registering an assist in two games for the Predators, but struggled to adjust to North American hockey and spent all of last season underwhelming in AHL Milwaukee, scoring just four goals in 58 games.