Rask, Krejci, Foligno & More

In this edition of Boston Bruins News & Rumors, Tuukka Rask may be forced to join the team without getting any reps in at the American Hockey League (AHL) level. Bruce Cassidy was also criticized by ex-Bruin David Krejci over his team usage. Nick Foligno, who was hurt Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, is currently having an MRI performed on his leg. Milan Lucic posted a snarky comment on Instagram on Saturday night, in reference to a Toronto Maple Leafs former opponent.

Rask’s Next Step Uncertain

Rask signed a professional deal with the Providence Bruins of the AHL last Thursday to play some time before joining the big club. The 34-year-old hasn’t played since undergoing labrum surgery this offseason, and could certainly benefit from getting in a couple tune-up games. However, both of Providence’s games that were scheduled for this past weekend against the Leigh-Valley Phantoms were cancelled due to COVID protocols, making it unclear what will happen with Rask now.

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

“To be honest, I’m not sure when he’s going to play,” Cassidy shared his thoughts with reportersSaturday. “So right now I can’t give you the definitive plan. He’s practicing, and we’ll try to get him in some game action wherever we can. He might have to stay playing here and miss some assignments in Providence.”

Rask has yet not signed a contract to play for the Bruins. However, they should reach an agreement soon. It won’t be overly difficult to agree to a deal given that Rask has stated he isn’t concerned about money. In 24 games last season, Rask posted a 2.28 goals against average (GAA), and a.913 save rate (SV%).

Krejci Voices Discontent with Cassidy

Krejci admitted that even though he is no more a Bruins player, he still enjoys watching his former team. While he is happy to see them succeed, there is one thing bugging him, and that is Cassidy’s usage of David Pastrnak. Miroslav Horak, a Czech reporter, said that he was happy to speak with him. Take a shotHis former coach.

Related: Boston Bruins Should Avoid Evander Kane

“Coach Cassidy rarely let the two of us play together,” Krejci said. “It must have been something to split the first line and give Pasta to me. It was only two matches.

“After years, I leave Boston and suddenly it is possible. It was a surprise to me. [Cassidy]He always said to me that Pasta was not necessary to be taken off the first line, and that it would take as little time as possible to dismantle all the forces. It was my duty to accept it. Pasta is now in five matches with Erik Haula, Taylor Hall, and so on. Strange.”

Cassidy recently responded to the comments, saying that there are many players on the Bruins who would love to play with Pastrnak, though he understands Krejci’s point of view. Pastrnak himself was asked about the comments, but said he hadn’t read the interview himself and was unsure if it had perhaps been translated poorly. Regardless, it seems to decrease the opportunity of Krejci returning, although he didn’t rule it out when asked in the same interview.

Foligno could miss more time

Foligno sustained a serious injury on Saturday against the Lightning when his leg was bent in an awkward position. He was forced to miss the remainder of the game, and missed Monday’s game against the Washington Capitals as well. While the extent of the injury isn’t yet known, the 34-year-old is set to Undergo an MRIStart there.

Foligno’s first season as a Bruin has been quite disappointing thus far. He has struggled to stay healthy, and when he has been he hasn’t produced much offence at all with just a single goal and six points in 23 games. We will be hearing more about his condition on Tuesday.

Lucic Roasts Maple Leafs

Some Maple Leafs fans experienced some terrible flashbacks on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. Despite a lead of 4-1 in the second quarter, the Avalanche regrouped with three unanswered goals and forced overtime. The Avalanche won in extra time thanks to a Devon Toews score. Many pointed out the similarity to the Leafs’ choke job in Game 7 to force overtime. including Milan Lucic who commented on a post made by the NHL’s Instagram, “Seen this before?”

Fans across the league laughed at this comment, as Lucic was part of the team that made a dramatic comeback against Toronto Leafs in 2013. However, for Leafs fans, it was another reminder of how close they came to getting out the first round back at 2013 – something they have yet to do since 2004.

Next up for the Bruins

Monday saw the Bruins beat the Capitals 7-3 in the final. This was a great start to their week. They’ll be taking a break before taking on the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday and then playing the Nashville Predators Saturday. After a slow start to their season, they seem to be on the right path after winning five of their six previous games.


Morning Skate newsletter Click To Subscribe