The reports of Tuukka Rask's return from Europe have proven to be absolutely true.
The Finnish goaltender was on the ice Tuesday morning when a group of local NHL skaters participated in an informal skate at a local arena in the Boston area.
Rask dominated in the Czech Republic while playing for HC Plzen after an early scare when he tweaked a past groin injury, and put up a 6-2 record with a .936 save percentage and a 1.85 goals against average. But he presumably reaped everything he could out of the European experience, and now will wait things out in Boston as an NHL season will most likely either live or die in the next six weeks.
Rask's future Bruins goaltending partner Anton Khudobin remains in the KHL to get playing time. Rask has plenty to prove this year on a one-year contract for 3.5 million as he attempts to show that he can be the next franchise goaltender for the Bruins. He got a good start by dominating in his Czech stint.
Rask was joined on the ice Tuesday morning in Boston by B's skaters Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton as well as Mike Mottau, Jay Pandalfo, Ryan Whitney, Brandon Yip and Keith Yandle among others.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad.
Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards.
With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.
With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.
*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.
*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.
*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.
*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”
*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.