Tuukka Rask Signs New Contract, Starting on Friday

Tuukka Rask is back in professional hockey as the long-time Boston Bruin has signed an AHL contract with the Providence Bruins and is scheduled to start on Friday night.

Everyone and their mother saw this coming as Rask has been working out in Boston for several weeks now and has made it loud and clear he only wanted to return to the NHL for the Bruins. This is the first step to complete his long-awaited comeback.

The Bruins have Linus Ullmark who they signed long-term last offseason, along with youngster Jeremy Swayman so Rask will need to perform up to his capabilities to get a look with the big club. Last season he went 15-5-2 with a 2.28 goals against average and two shutouts so Boston is hopeful for much of the same from the 34-year-old netminder. Boston has split duties between Swayman (15 starts) and Ullmark (14 starts) this season. Swayman is 8-5-2 with a 2.21 GAA, while Ullmark is 9-5-0 with a 2.58 GAA

Bruins fans are hopeful Rask is full recovered from his hip surgery and can contribute to more victories in Boston. 

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