Bruins’ future unclear after sudden exit from NHL playoffs

A year after letting 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara go, the Bruins face another potential start that looms almost as big. Goalkeeper Tuukka Rask, winner of the 2014 Vezina Trophy and career leader of the Original Six franchise in Matches and Wins, is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent. Both teams have chosen not to discuss a new contract during the season, leaving negotiations for the summer after a disappointing playoff end as Rask recovers from an undisclosed injury. The Bruins also have to make a decision on forward David Krejci, who likes Rask is another of the four remaining players of the 2011 Stanley Cup champions. Mid-season addition Taylor Hall is also a free agent. “It’s the same answer as every year: we’re all getting older and you’re not going to last forever,” Rask said Wednesday night after the 6-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 6 of their series. second round ended Boston’s season. “(The window) closes permanently at some point. A 34-year-old Finn who led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and ’19 – he was a replacement on the team that won it all – Rask led the league with a 2 goals against average , 12 in the NHL bubble last season before retiring from the playoffs to face a family emergency. Rask was 15-5-2 this year with an average of 2.28, but was disturbed that coach Bruce Cassidy said it was a “nagging injury” during the playoffs. “He was healthy enough to play. He just wasn’t 100%, ”Cassidy said Wednesday. “He’s our starting goalie and he told us he was ready to play and that’s it. … There may be surgery in the future. It’s his decision. Rask confirmed he might need surgery, but declined after the game to give details of the injury. “I don’t think that has to be the headline right now. But Rask’s play was the focal point, especially when he was pulled out of Game 5 after allowing four goals in the first two periods. He was back for Game 6, when the Islanders scored four goals against him (and added two into the empty net). Cassidy said the goalie “wasn’t good enough to win, but neither were we. Tuukka, ”the coach said. “Of course it could have been better. We mishandled some pucks which also put him in the wrong places. It was a team loss down the line. Krejci has finished fourth on the team with 44 points (8 goals, 36 assists) this season – just behind the “perfection line” of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David. Pastrnak. Like Rask, the 35-year-old center has played his entire career with Boston. in May. “I think they would probably both like to end their careers as the Boston Bruin, so let’s see what happens this offseason.” A former No. 1 overall pick who arrived in Boston in mid-April, Hall was acquired from the Buffalo team that was to claim the Cup. Since losing to St. Louis in Game 7 of the 2019 Finals, the Bruins have had back-to-back second-round outings. “We expect a longer race in this hall,” said Marchand. “We thought we had a group that could go a long way this year.” After saying goodbye to their longtime captain last year and facing further defections this summer, it’s unclear how many more chances they’ll have. year to year, ”said Bergeron. “It’s disappointing. You have a good team; you have opportunities. And you know they don’t come that often, especially later in your career. You want to make the most of them.

A year after letting 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara go, the Bruins face another potential start almost as big.

Goalkeeper Tuukka Rask, winner of the 2014 Vezina Trophy and career leader of the Original Six franchise in terms of games and wins, is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent. Both sides have chosen not to discuss a new contract this season, leaving negotiations for the summer after a disappointing playoff end as Rask recovers from an undisclosed injury.

The Bruins also have to make a decision regarding forward David Krejci, who, like Rask, is another of the four remaining players of the 2011 Stanley Cup champions. Mid-season addition Taylor Hall is also a free agent.

“It’s the same answer as every year: we’re all getting older and you’re not going to last forever,” Rask said Wednesday night after the 6-2 loss to the New York Islanders in Game 6 of Game 2. . the round series ended Boston’s season. “(The window) closes permanently at some point.”

34-year-old Finn who led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 and 19 – he was a substitute on the team that won it all – Rask led the league with a 2.12 goals-against average in the last NHL bubble. season before retiring from the playoffs to face a family emergency.

Rask was 15-5-2 this year with an average of 2.28, but was disturbed by what coach Bruce Cassidy called a “nagging injury” during the playoffs.

“He was healthy enough to play. He just wasn’t 100%, ”Cassidy said Wednesday. “He’s our starting goalie and he told us he was ready to play and that’s it. … There may be surgery in the future. It’s his decision.

Rask confirmed he might need surgery, but refused after the game to elaborate on the injury.

“I don’t want to get into this now,” he said. “I don’t think that has to be the title right now.”

But Rask’s play was the focus, especially when he was pulled out of Game 5 after allowing four goals in the first two periods. He was back for Game 6, when the Islanders scored four goals against him (and added two into the empty net).

Cassidy said the goalie “wasn’t good enough to win, but neither were we.”

“It wasn’t on Tuukka,” said the coach. “Of course it could have been better. We mishandled some pucks which also put him in the wrong places. It was a team loss down the line.

Krejci has finished fourth in team scoring with 44 points (8 goals, 36 assists) this season, edged only by the “line of perfection” of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Like Rask, the 35-year-old center has played his entire career with Boston.

“There’s something to be said about playing for one organization and right now that’s what it looks like for Tuukka and David,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in May. “I think they would probably both like to end their careers as the Boston Bruin, so let’s see what happens in the offseason.”

A former No. 1 overall pick who arrived in Boston in mid-April, Hall was acquired from Buffalo to bolster a team that was set to claim the Cup. Since their loss to St. Louis in Game 7 of the 2019 Finals, the Bruins have had back-to-back second-round outings.

“We expect a longer run in this hall,” said Marchand. “We thought we had a group that could go a long way this year. “

After saying goodbye to their longtime captain last year and facing further defections this summer, it’s unclear how much of a chance they’ll have.

“This nucleus ages from year to year,” said Bergeron. “It’s disappointing. You have a good team; you have opportunities. And you know they don’t come that often, especially later in your career. You want to make the most of them.

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