Turns out this week is a memorable one for one Tuukka Rask.
On June 24, 2006 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded him for Andrew Raycroft. After deciding that Justin Pogge was the goalie of the future, the Leafs decided that Rask was an asset that could be traded away in what is considered the worst deal in Maple Leaf history. Raycroft, winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy just a couple of seasons prior, was due to be released by the Bruins. Had the Leafs waited, they could have had him for nothing. Instead they traded away a goalie who – so far – has won 291 games in the NHL, all with the Boston Bruins.
On this day in 2006, the #Leafs traded Tuukka Rask to the #NHLBruins for Andrew Raycroft. Rask has recorded 291 career wins in the NHL, the most ever by a goaltender drafted by the Maple Leafs. pic.twitter.com/BFaeJnzKpT
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) June 24, 2020
The Leafs didn’t really know what they had in Tuukka since he played in Finland before and after he was drafted in 2005. In 2007, Rask came to play in Providence, even seeing game action in 2 Boston games, both of which he won.
Also on June 24th, this time in 2014, Tuukka Rask took home his first Vezina Trophy. Hopefully, it won’t be his last.