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Rask open to Bruins contract extension, downplays talk of retirement

Goalie says he 'might play another year or two and then go from there'

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Tuukka Rask said he's looking forward to speaking with the Boston Bruins about a contract extension after the end of this season and the goalie said any talk of him possibly retiring after his current contract expires is premature.

"I'm sure we're going to have good conversations with [Bruins general manager Don Sweeney] after this season and go from there," Rask said during "The Greg Hill Show" on WEEI 93.7 FM on Tuesday. "But I'm only 34 [when my contract expires after next season], so it's not too old. So I might play another year or two and then go from there.

"But I don't want to promise anything either way because you never know what's going to happen."

Rask has an eight-year, $56 million contract (average annual value $7 million) he signed July 10, 2013. He's 26-8-6 this season, leads the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average (minimum 23 games), is second with a .929 save percentage and tied for second with five shutouts. He is 291-158-64 with 50 shutouts in 536 NHL games and has more wins than any goalie in Bruins history.

His comments Tuesday downplayed those he made to The Boston Globe in a story published March 22. Asked about his potential future workload, Rask told the newspaper, "I have one year left in the contract, so we'll see if I even play."

Asked if retirement after this season was possible, Rask said, "We'll see. Always a possibility."

On Tuesday, Rask told WEEI, "I haven't made any decision in any direction yet. Obviously, we're not even playing hockey right now, so that'll be in the future. But it's definitely not in my mind right now. Just trying to take care of the family as of now and go back to hockey whenever that happens and then go from there."

With the NHL season paused since March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, there is uncertainty when the season might resume, but Rask said a 1-2 week abbreviated training camp would be enough to get NHL players back to playing at a high level.

The Bruins (44-14-12) lead the NHL with 100 points.

"You can get in shape pretty quickly," Rask said, "but I think the issue here is no one knows when that might be. They can't give us a window of like, three weeks or a month in advance because it might be like, 'Hey, listen, we're starting up next week, grab your skates and let's go.' Then you've got no choice but to get back in shape. You can work out all you want off the ice, but if you're not skating that's not really helping.

"So as long as we get a week or two with high-intensity training on ice with the team, I think everybody's going to be ready to go. Obviously, it's not going to be the same situation as it would be going into the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] normally, but I'm sure the intensity would pick up right away."

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