CHICAGO – Interesting that there has been plenty of discussion in recent days about the Andrew Raycroft-for-Tuukka Rask trade from 2006 between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs. A Toronto media outlet recently reported that the Bruins would have been willing to take on Rask, then an unproven goaltending prospect out of Finland, or fellow Maple Leafs goaltending prospect Justin Pogge in exchange for Raycroft.
The history books will show that the Leafs opted for Rask under pressure to keep the Canadian junior hero in Pogge, and that the Finnish netminder is on his way to a potential Conn Smythe postseason with the Bruins after an excellent regular season. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli further clarified the actual trade talks between Toronto and Boston during Tuesday’s Cup Finals Media Day at the United Center: the assets being discussed in exchange for Raycroft where Rask and forward prospect Jiri Tlusty, who scored 23 goals in the shortened 2013 season for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Chiarelli was not yet general manager of the Bruins as he was finishing out his obligations with the Ottawa Senators, and acting GM Jeff Gorton executed the trade for the Black and Gold.
“I do have recollection. From the sidelines in talking to the guys after the fact, it was Tlusty or Rask for Raycroft,” Chiarelli said. “There was a lot of discussion at both ends about it. It was decided that it would be Rask from Boston's end.
“I think they tried to come back and maybe flip that, consider [Tlusty], who is a good player in Carolina now. Eventually they said no and the deal was done.”
Meanwhile the future goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006, Pogge, was out of the NHL after seven mediocre games in 2008-09, and spent this season stopping pucks in the Italian Hockey League for Ritten Renon.