What would the NHL’s Return to Play be without a little injury drama?
Tuukka Rask has missed a couple of the Bruins’ training camp sessions, leaving one early after reportedly being stung by a shot and missing a recent one due to being unfit to participate.
Rask was recently spotted with a splint on his left hand, and while some speculated it was a precautionary measure, it turns out there’s a reason for it:
“I fractured my finger a couple weeks ago doing box jumps,” Rask told the assembled media during a Zoom call this afternoon. “It’s getting better, so I’m not worried about it. It’ll be all set once we start playing.”
It’s unclear whether or not that “stung by a shot” incident last week involved the recovering finger, but it’s reassuring to hear Rask say it should be fine.
However, given the tight time frame here, one can’t help but worry that a shot to Rask’s glove hand that hits him in precisely the right (or in this case, wrong) spot could cause problems.
Ideally, the Bruins’ coaching staff is doing what it can to have players avoid going to that side during camp, but there’s only so much you can do.
As a side note, how does one break a finger doing box jumps? Must have been bracing for a fall or trying to avoid a stumble or something, right?
Rask also deserves credit for the most casual “nah, I actually broke a bone” mention in recent press conference memory.
Never a bad quote from the Bruins’ #1.