No one can be sure what the Bruins will do with their goalies next season. Maybe they'll keep both Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask. Maybe they'll trade Thomas. Maybe Rask will get a chance to be the starter.
Maybe, according to a Finnish website, they'll add another netminder.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli recently said he's comfortable with the team's goalie situation, but according to the Finnish website, the B's may be interested in adding 34-year-old goalie Petri Vehanen.
Vehanen is currently playing for Finland in the IIHF World Championships and helped shut out Zdeno Chara's Slovakian team on Sunday, 1-0.
From the New England Hockey Journal:
Vehanen spent the last three seasons with Kazan Ak-Bars in the KHL. In 2011-12, he had a 16-17-5 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.The website indicated that Vehanen has an out-clause and can pursue a deal with an NHL club prior to the start of the season.
If the Bruins do sign Vehanen, he'd find himself in competition with Rask, a fellow Fin.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.