In 2006, Boston traded former Calder Trophy-winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft to the Leafs in exchange for Rask. While the Leafs continue to search for a top quality No. 1 goalie, the Bruins look to be set for the next decade with one of the NHL’s best goaltenders.
Rask’s impressive form this season has shown just why the Boston Bruins were so confident in handing the 26-year old the responsibility of stepping into replace Tim Thomas this season. With this year’s aim being to return to the Stanley Cup final, the Bruins will be more than confident that they have a goaltender consistent enough to achieve their target.
After earning legendary status following his heroics in leading the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup, Thomas’ decision to take a year away from the game had left some Boston fans who bet on NHL wondering whether Rask would be able to fill the sizable shoes left by the 38-year old.
It didn’t take long for the Finnish goaltender to prove he has all the attributes needed to possibly create his own legacy with the Bruins. Rask has answered and silenced all the pre-season critics who claimed Boston wouldn’t have any chance this season after losing Thomas.
Still a youngster in goaltending terms, Rask has fantastic athleticism, a strong glove hand, impressive rebound control, solid technique, the perfect frame (6'3") and improving durability.
Currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, the franchise have put themselves in a great position at the mid-point in this shortened NHL season, and Rask’s presence between the pipes has shortened their NHL betting odds and will give the Boston fans real belief that this could be a very good season for the Bruins.