Report: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask may finalize retirement in coming days

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After a comeback attempt following major hip surgery didn't go as planned, Tuukka Rask is reportedly set to retire after a 15-year NHL career. (Getty)
After a comeback attempt following major hip surgery didn't go as planned, Tuukka Rask is reportedly set to retire after a 15-year NHL career. (Getty)

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask’s comeback was short lived, as the 34-year-old is expected to retire in the coming days, according to The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa.

Rask is consulting with his family over his hockey future, and may officially hang up the skates in the coming days, Shinzawa added.

The veteran netminder spent the first few months of the season sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip this past summer. At the time of the surgery, it was unknown if he would ever play again, but soon after he let it be known that he was planning to attempt a comeback to the Bruins.

Things started off quite well, as Rask kicked aside 25 of 27 shots in his season debut on Jan. 13 in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. In his second start however, he was pulled after giving up five goals on just 12 shots, and had another rough outing in his fourth and final start, where he allowed five goals on 27 shots.

It was in that final start that Rask experienced some discomfort in his hip. The Bruins had previously announced they were going to shut him down for the remainder of this week and see how things progressed, but clearly it didn’t look promising.

While it didn’t end how anyone had hoped, Rask had an absolutely fantastic career for which he deserves plenty of recognition. In his 564 games — all with the Bruins — he recorded a stellar 2.28 GAA along with a .921 save percentage (ranks third all-time) and a 308-165-66 record. Though he had many fantastic seasons in his career, the best came in 2013-14, where he put up a 2.04 GAA along with a .930 SV% in 58 games, numbers that won him his first and only Vezina Trophy.

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