Rask wants to return to Boston

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Rask wants to return to Boston

BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask is a free agent. Tim Thomas has one more year left on his current contract with the Bruins.

So when asked, during the team's break-up day at the TD Garden on Friday, whether or not he still wanted to return to Boston if Thomas wasn't traded, Rask said he still wants to re-sign with the B's.

"I mean, I think you guys know the answer to that question," said Rask. "I've always said that I like it here, and I want to come back.

"I think there's a clear plan," said Rask about his upcoming contract negotiations. "I think everybody's been talking about it for a long time now. It's not about the money. It's more about what's good for everybody. I've always said I liked to be here. I think we have a great group of guys and the organization is great, so I don't see why anybody wouldn't want to be here."

Rask said him and Thomas work well together, and hold an "honest competition" for playing time, when both are healthy.

"We've never had a problem with it, because I think Timmy's got one more year on his contract or something," said Rask. "We just work hard with each other, and we compete against each other. But at the end of the day, it's just who's at his best place. It's a pretty honest competition. So we never have a problem."

As far as Rask's health is concerned, he returned from an abdominalgroin injury for Game 6 against the Washington Capitals, and served as Thomas' backup goaltender for the final two games of the first-round playoff series.

He said he wouldn't have returned as a backup if he wasn't 100 percent. But Rask did say that he may be a little more cautious with his body in the future, in order to prevent those types of injuries.

"I felt good before that happened," said Rask. "It just popped. But I guess, when these things happen, you kind of have different urgency on things. You try to feel your body and adjust to your body a little bit more in different ways.

"Looking back, I kind of felt a little tight. But I didn't think it was anything major. But maybe next time, if I feel that way, I'll just stay back and take a day off or something."

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.