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Tuukka Rask hints at wearing down

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07:38 PM ET 12.02 | Sometimes players can be weighed down by new big-money, long-term contracts. The pressure that comes with stacks of bands gets to some people, and their performance suffers as a result. Tuukka Rask isn't in that club. The numbers eight and $56 million -- the term and dollars of his extension -- haven't hung on his game like an albatross. If anything, Rask has taken his performance to another level after the Boston Bruins locked him up as their netminder for the foreseeable future. The B's had some tough choices to make over the summer though, and had to let some good players go as a result of the salary cap sinking a bit. The Tyler Seguin trade was the most highly publicized maneuver for obvious reasons. When backup netminder Anton Khudobin was allowed to walk as a free agent, it was met with nothing more than a whimper from pundits around the league and in Boston. Now, 27 games into the season, Boston is starting to realize how important having a strong No. 2 option is. That's because Rask has started 22 of those games, leaving only meager scraps to backup Chad Johnson. The 26-year-old is capable of being a workhorse to be sure, but he's currently on pace to play 77 times this season. That number needs to be trimmed by 17 games or more if the Bruins want Rask to be fresh during the playoffs, and that fact doesn't seem to be lost on the netminder.

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December 2, 2013  08:56 PM ET

It appears the Bruins are rasking too much from Tuukka.

December 2, 2013  09:02 PM ET

More crap from Fansided. Braden Holtby has played exactly the same number of games as Rask. Corey Crawford has played even more for the Blackhawks.

December 2, 2013  09:25 PM ET
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More crap from Fansided. Braden Holtby has played exactly the same number of games as Rask. Corey Crawford has played even more for the Blackhawks.

Ah! But ... unlike Holtby and Crawford (Good Canadian boys who were born with skates on their feet) Tuukka Rask is from Finland. Boys from Europe aren't used to the never-ending bus rides in the minors or the grind of a long NHL season. I wouldn't call them soft, just not used to it.

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December 3, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Ah! But ... unlike Holtby and Crawford (Good Canadian boys who were born with skates on their feet) Tuukka Rask is from Finland. Boys from Europe aren't used to the never-ending bus rides in the minors or the grind of a long NHL season. I wouldn't call them soft, just not used to it.

You worry about the Monster ;)

December 3, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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December 3, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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You worry about the Monster ;)

Nope. The Wings are bringing him along the right way ... as they always do.

 
December 3, 2013  01:18 PM ET

Ducks have down - and the Flaylers have Downie - and, if'n he's embarking on a Canarduckian roadtrip, down is better than fur.

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