The Providence Bruins announced this morning that they’ve signed Tuukka Rask to a professional tryout agreement, the first step in Rask returning to the big club.
Rask will report to Providence this week and is expected to start the P-Bruins’ home game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tomorrow night.
This has been a long time coming, as pretty much everyone knew (based on the fact that he was regularly practicing with the team and was discussed at nearly every press conference) that Rask would be back in the mix at some point.
The tryout agreement is likely a way to get Rask on Providence’s books to see what he has/how he feels prior to signing an official contract.
It’ll give Rask and the Bruins up to 25 games to determine whether or not he’s ready to sign an NHL deal, though I highly doubt it’ll take that long.
At Rask’s Zoom availability today, he expanded on his thought process in coming back:
Tuukka Rask on if playing with Bergeron/Marchand again factored in his decision to return:— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) January 6, 2022
"A lot. That's why I never wanted to flirt with the opportunity to go anywhere else.
"A bunch of us have grown up together."
Rask also noted that he feels great physically, that the pain he experienced due to the injury is gone.
He also noted that he doesn’t plan to be in Providence long:
Tuukka Rask expects to be back with the varsity next week.— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) January 6, 2022
- Rask plays tomorrow night.
- Shutout, Rask earns first star.
- Rather than skate out to applause, he chucks a milk crate from the tunnel.
- The end.