When Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy took to his pregame press conference and announced that Tuukka Rask would be scratched from his start about an hour or so before Saturday’s puck drop against the Canadiens, I knew what was coming. To his credit, Cassidy did his best to clarify that Rask’s absence from the game (a 2-1 overtime win for the Bruins) was not due to anything particularly damning, but that the 30-year-old Rask was dealing with a ‘very, very minor injury’ and that they were being cautious. Still, I knew the annual Tuukka Rask Trashstorm was about to make its way to Twitter. And if we know this story tends to go, it was about to come crashing into Twitter user @_TyAnderson (hey, that’s me!) and his previously unsuspecting mentions. “Tuukka’s soft. He’s still mentally weak. This is the kind of fragile stuff that the Bruins cannot afford for $7 million per season! They shoulda kept Martin Jones because 2016!” It was as predictable as Claude Julien complaining about the officials after a Bruins-Canadiens game. But not even for a second did we give any sort of credence to the idea that Rask actually was nursing an injury, and that the Bruins were being legitimately cautious with a piece they’ll surely need to perform at a high level come April, May, and if they’re lucky, June. You know, which is exactly what we all agreed to do when the Black and Gold decided to scratch defenseman Matt Grzelcyk with similar rationale last week, by the way.
Is Tuukka Rask ever going to get a fair shake in town?
WEEI Boston | Mar 6