Milan Lucic predicted earlier on Monday that many more of his teammates would announce their European playing plans this week, and the power forwards prediction is starting to come true.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has signed with Czech Extra League team NC Plzen and becomes the third member of the Black and Gold that will play in the Czech Republic until the NHL lockout is over.
Martin Straka is the player-manager of the Plzen club, and familiar names like Ryan Hollweg, Michal Dvorak and Nick Johnson dot the roster that Rask will join this week.
Rask had said earlier this summer that he didnt think hed end up playing in the Finnish League if he did head over to Europe, and instead hell return to the country where the Bruins participated in the Premiere Games two seasons ago.
Its important that Rask head to a situation where hell get plenty of playing time with good competition given the important role hell play as the starting goaltender for the Bruins when the season begins in Boston. Rask was 11-8-3 with a 2.04 GAA and a .929 save percentage last season for the Bs while splitting time with Tim Thomas, and has been given the starting reins with Thomas now off on sabbatical in Colorado.
As with the other players like David Krejci and Andrew Ference that plan to join the Czech League thats already begun playing games, Rask has an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to the NHL once the regular season finally begins.