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Tuukka Rask is skipping the All-Star Game, will serve a game suspension

Thanks, but no thanks.

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Bruins and Tuukka Rask announced this afternoon that Rask will be skipping out on this month’s All-Star Game.

Rask will be replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rask said he “had to be kind of selfish” and cited rest and family time as the reasons behind his decision:

As a result of his skipping out on the game, Rask will serve a one-game suspension in the Bruins’ first game after the break, the Ovechkin Rule. Helps to have a reliable back-up, eh?

Per tonight’s NESN broadcast, the Bruins fully support Rask bailing on the game, which is good to see. Obviously the team cares more about Rask being ready for the stretch run, and the one-game suspension won’t hurt them much.

It’s not hard to see why Rask would do this. You saw what he can do with some rest last spring, so why not take the time when you’re able to take it?

Good for Rask. Go somewhere tropical, get some sun, and come back refreshed for February.