BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins will be without Tuukka Rask for an undetermined amount of time.
The team announced Friday that Rask has been granted a leave of absence from the team. The Bruins offered no further details, aside from saying the leave of absence relates “to a personal matter.”
General manager Don Sweeney spoke shortly after the announcement and said that Rask’s absence is not health related.
Rask, 31, replaced Jaroslav Halak during Thursday night’s 8-4 loss to Vancouver. Rask allowed three goals on the 14 shots he faced, after Halak had allowed five goals on 19 shots.
“I was just trying to keep it under 10 [goals allowed] — that’s what I was worried about,” Rask said after Thursday’s loss. “But yeah, you know, like I said, a loss is a loss, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. It was kind of a crazy game both ways. You know, a lot of goals scored and there was – at the end it looked like everyone was napping in the crowd. It was just one of those games where there wasn’t a whole lot of action on either end – low shots and you know all of a sudden it’s 5-3, 8-5 whatever. So yeah, weird game but that’s entertainment and we’re just providing it.”
Rask has started seven games this season, posting a 4-4-0 record with a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage.
“Yeah, long season,” he also said Thursday. “Sometimes you let in more goals than other nights. Today … more than I would have liked, probably more than Jar would have liked. Moving on. That’s it.”
The Bruins next play on Saturday night, at home against Toronto, before hosting the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. After that, the Bruins hit the road for a four-game swing through Colorado (on Wednesday), Dallas (on Friday), Arizona (on Saturday) and Detroit (on Nov. 21).
Rask is currently in the fifth season of an eight-year, $56 million contract.