NHL players tend to get rid of injuries in the playoffs, but Tuukka Rask’s performance during the Bruins playoffs is ridiculous.
As Lask confirmed to reporters in a resignation interview on Friday morning, he dealt with a torn labrum in his hip during the playoffs. He needs surgery to repair this problem.
“I have a torn labrum on my buttocks. I have to have an operation,” Lask said. Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston“I just don’t know when the exact date is, maybe within a month. I will start the recovery process, and then we will see the future. I hope the recovery will go smoothly and I will be ready to play hockey sometime next year. “
In the last few games of the Bruins series against the Islanders, it became clear that Lasker was not entirely himself. In the fifth game against New York, he played only two games, lost 4 goals on 16 shots, and then withdrew. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Lask “has some maintenance work that needs to be done” in the final stages of the game.
In Game 6, Lask saved 23 of 27 shots, but it didn’t seem to be 100%. He didn’t move like he did early in the series. After the Bruins were eliminated, Cassidy hinted that Lask needed surgery.
Now we know why. Lask was able to stay on the ice with a torn hip labrum, which is impressive. However, playing in injury may cost him some playing time next season.
Lask said he wants to play in Boston again next year, but he won’t be back until January at the earliest.
“I do (want to compete next year). Mentally, I am ready,” Lask said. “Physically, I hope everything goes well. We may consider resuming hockey games in January or February. This is the plan, and I hope it will succeed.”
Of course, if Boston wants Lask (a free agent) to return, it would not be ideal to let him miss the start of the season.
A question arises from this; does Boston really have to start Rask with a ratio of less than 100%?
The Bruins have a wealth of goalkeeper talent. Their substitute Jeremy Swayman (Jeremy Swayman) created a 7-3-0 record, 0.945 save rate and 1.50 goals in 10 regular season starts. Veteran Jaroslav Halak (9-6-4 record, 0.905 SV percentage, 2.53 GAA) is also available.
Of course, any one from Rask will be risky. Swayman is an inexperienced rookie. In Game 5, he did hit a three-pointer against the Islanders to relieve Rask. Halak struggled at the end of the season after dropping out of the COVID roster and saw Swayman surpass him on the depth chart.
But both have an advantage over Rask: They are probably healthy.