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With Jaroslav Halak in place, dealing Tuukka Rask shouldn't be out of the question

With Jaroslav Halak in place, dealing Tuukka Rask shouldn't be out of the question
Published On: Mon, Jul 16
Mar 8, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) defends his net against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

There are a couple of inalienable facts about next yeara€™s goaltending situation with the Boston Bruins.

The first is that the Ba€™s have most definitely upgraded in that area with 33-year-old Jaroslav Halak as the backup to Tuukka Rask. Halak is a flat-out better goalie than Anton Khudobin, and should be a little more consistent than the Russian backup, who was admittedly excellent last season while racking up a 16-6-7 record as Tuukka Raska€™s understudy.

Halak, on the other hand, has won less than 18 games in a season only twice in his 10 full seasons at the NHL level, and has been a starter with the Canadiens, Blues, Capitals and Islanders with a career .916 save percentage over his NHL career. In case anybody hadna€™t noticed thata€™s also been Tuukka Raska€™s save percentage over the last three seasons for the Bruins.

Which brings us to inalienable goaltending fact No. 2: Halak is going to push Rask like he hasna€™t been challenged since truly taking over as the top goalie in Boston.

The last truly competitive situation with Rask between the Ba€™s pipes was in 2011-12 in Tim Thomasa€™ last season with the Bruins when the Finnish goaltender was backing up a reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Rask had temporarily taken Thomasa€™ job away from him two years prior during the 2009-10 season when he was a rookie goalie, and that sparked the best season of Thomasa€™ NHL career where he led the Black and Gold to a Stanley Cup victory.

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