Tuukka Rask on talks with Bruins: 'I will be a cheap goalie for them, I think'


Tuukka Rask has been a fixture in the Bruins' net for more than a decade, having finally completed an eight-year, $56 million deal.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon Wednesday morning, Rask made it perfectly clear he isn't quite ready for the run to end.

The goalie is currently a free agent, having just underwent hip labrum surgery that he expects will keep him out of action until late December or January. But his intentions regarding where his landing spot will be for the 2021-22 season are transparent.

"I played with one team when I was in Finland I have been so lucky to be part of only one team in the NHL. For me, it's about that pride of playing for one team and one team only," Rask said. "I have no reason to chase the money anymore and go somewhere else. It's going to be one of those things where the Bruins are my home, Boston is my home. I've always wanted to play here, wanted to stay here. So the money won't be an issue. We had a conversation with (Bruins general manager Don Sweeney) Sweens and I will be a cheap goalie for them, I think."

The 34-year-old Rask added, "I'm not looking for a $7 million contract anymore. I just like to help the team out. I feel like I'm a veteran goalie and there are some young guys coming in, so whatever I can do to help the guys out I will do it and end my career as a Bruin."

A big part of Rask's motivation to return revolves around loyalty to the core group -- Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand -- he has come up with.

Also, Rask firmly believes with the emergence of youngsters such as goalie Jeremy Swayman and offseason acquisitions Linus Ullmark, Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, Tomas Nosek and Derek Forbort, winning another Stanley Cup in Boston is a realistic possibility.

"There are a few guys now, like Bergy, Marchy, well (David Krejci) Krec is in Czech now, but we've played our entire careers together and I feel it would be a shame to go somewhere and try and chase something dollar-wise or trophy-wise when you have a chance to finish your career with the same group you started with," he said. "Then you look at the additions the Bruins signed and it looks like a really capable team again. I'm looking forward to it."

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