On a conference call to the Boston Bruins media Thursday afternoon, Tuukka Rask made it evident that he wanted to stay in Boston.
“I was never going to test the market,” Rask said. “That wasn’t a part of my thought process. As I’ve said all along I’ve enjoyed my time in Boston and I’ve never even considered playing on another team. I’m in a great situation right now that I have an opportunity to play with the Bruins throughout my whole career hopefully. So no, I was never thinking about testing any markets.”
Rask inked an eight-year $56 million dollar contract to become one of the wealthiest goaltenders in the National Hockey League and it was well-deserved after finishing a year where he came within two wins of winning a Stanley Cup.
During the regular season (36 games played), Rask finished the year with a 19-10-5 record with a goals against average of 2.00. He recorded five shutouts in the process.
During his fantastic post season run, Rask led the NHL with a .940 save percentage, three shutouts and finished fourth in goals against with 1.88 in 22 games.
One of his most impressive stats is allowing only two goals to the high-octane offense of the Pittsburgh Penguins en route to a Stanley Cup birth.
Rask was very thankful that he now has a chance to sit between the pipes for the Black and Gold for years to come.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli has watched Rask grow as a player and a person and is excited to have him back in a Bruins sweater.
“Tuukka’s always been consistent in his approach to his career and that has impressed me a lot,” Chiarelli said. “He has been very confident in what he sets out to do and he accomplished it.”
Toward the end of the conference call, Rask looked back at his development with the Bruins.
“Well, I mean, looking back it’s been a lot of fun for sure,” Rask said. “It hasn’t always been easy. I have been really passionate and I have set really high goals for myself. Coming in and having really good camps in the first two years and not making the team and going back to Providence, I had to be patient to learning my game in North America. It hasn’t been easy. But then again, I have had such great teams every single year I have played in Providence or in Boston and I have made a lot of friends. So it’s been a lot of fun and I think, as scary as it is in the NHL, it has to be fun too. I have really been happy about being with this organization throughout these years and you know, really had great experiences. But then again, it hasn’t always been easy but who says it should be.”
Rask will again need to prove his doubters wrong with the length of this contract, but if he plays like he did in 2013 after taking over the reigns from Tim Thomas, it shouldn’t be a problem.