After taking a few days personal leave to attend to his family, Tuukka Rask is back and ready to focus on being a hockey player again. He gave some time to media in front his locker on Tuesday and while he didn’t give too many specifics (and he didn’t need to do so), it’s obvious that he felt that he needed to focus on his family.
Rask: “I have a job. My job is to be a hockey goalie for the Boston Bruins & I also have another job title & that’s a family man. This was a time when deep inside my heart I felt like I needed to take time to be with my family & make things right."
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) November 13, 2018
It has to be difficult for athletes and their families during a long season, especially one that requires travel time that can take players away from their loved ones multiple times a week or for weeks at a time. Even when they are home, their schedules are such that require training, practice, and film study during the course of a day. The CBA requires that NHL players get at least four days off per month and travel days don’t count toward that. While an outsider might think this hockey playing life is exotic and exciting, it must really wear on a player. Imagine going into a season, trying to settle into your job and having some issues at home with family that you can’t address because of this crazy schedule?
Tuukka did the right thing because he’s a person, a family man, first and a hockey player second. He says the issue is now in the past and that he’s ready to move ahead. I hope that’s the case because family is important. His hockey family waited for him so he could take care of his family at home.
Tuukka’s media availability is posted below.
🎥 Tuukka Rask addresses the media following his return to practice this morning: pic.twitter.com/h9Gy7yLTZF
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 13, 2018
Yesterday, the Bruins performed a bunch of transactions and gave some updates.
Defenseman Jakob Zboril was recalled from Providence for the upcoming four-game road trip. Cassidy stated in his presser that Zboril was called up just in case another defenseman becomes injured/ ill and would probably end up playing some time this weekend.
Goalie Dan Vladar, who spent the weekend as a backup without seeing any game action, was sent back to Providence. Both Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson and Jeremy Lauzon remain with the team, with Lauzon’s assignment being designated as a regular recall as opposed to the emergency one he was recalled upon. Both will travel with the team.
Brandon Carlo will remain out of the lineup for at least Wednesday and will not travel but may rejoin the team this weekend. Kevan Miller will travel with the team for practice purposes, expecting to play next Wednesday in Detroit. Both Charlie McAvoy and Urho Vaakanainen are both able to skate but will not travel with the team. Cassidy did leave it open that either or both could join the team on the road.