Saturday, August 15, 2020

Tuukka Rask Jersey Card

The biggest news today is probably Boston Bruins star goalie Tuukka Rask leaving the NHL bubble to attend to a family emergency that is no longer a crisis but nevertheless is a situation that he feels is better handled if he is present. He could return to the bubble if his circumstances change, but it's widely expected GM Don Sweeney's words still true, whereas he's expected to come back next season and the team will welcome him at that moment, and in the meantime they'll ride co-Jenning winner Jaroslav Halak's coattails - despite the never-ending rumours about Rask's possible early retirement.

The change from this year's Vezina nominee to a proven playoff performer does not affect Boston's outlook on their Round 1 chances, as both their goalies are better than the Carolina Hurricanes'; it could become an issue later on, if the Bruins were to face the Tampa Bay Lightning or Vegas Golden Knights.

Here's a good look at who the Bs will be missing, in the team's white (away) uniform:
That's card #GJ-TR from Upper Deck's 2016-17 Series 1 and UD Game Jersey sub-set, featuring a black game-worn jersey swatch.

Since he has appeared in the postseason, there is no question his name will be on the Stanley Cup should the Bruins, win despite his voluntary leave.

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