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Tuukka Rask undergoes hip surgery, hopes to return to Bruins next season

Tuukka Rask undergoes hip surgery, hopes to return to Bruins next season

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Aug 26
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Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Wednesday while appearing on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” that he expects to return in December or January. Rask recently underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

“I’d be ready to go probably around Christmastime, January,” said Rask. “So hopefully I can start skating here in a month and a half or so and then progress from there and be ready to go in January.”

The 34-year-old unrestricted free agent also said he would only play for the Bruins.

“I played with one team when I was in Finland [Ilves Tampere], I have been so lucky to be part of only one team in the NHL,” Rask said. “For me, it’s about that pride of playing for one team and one team only. I have no reason to chase the money anymore and go somewhere else.

“It’s going to be one of those things where the Bruins are my home, Boston is my home,” he continued. “I’ve always wanted to play here, wanted to stay here. So the money won’t be an issue. We had a conversation with [Bruins general manager Don Sweeney] and I will be a cheap goalie for them.”

On July 10, 2013, Rask was signed to an eight-year, $56 million contract by Boston. In 2014, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy.

Last season, Rask only played in 24 of the Bruins’ 56 games and recorded a 15-5-2 record with two shutouts. He averaged .913 in terms of save percentage and had a 2.28 goals-against average.

He is currently 306-163-66 with 52 shutouts. He has a 2.27 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 560 games [539 starts] since his NHL debut with the Bruins on November 20, 2007.

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