Bruins Thanksgiving report cards: Tuukka Rask and the goalies

Matt Kalman
November 28, 2019 - 10:38 am

Here are Thanksgiving report cards for the Bruins goalies:

Jaroslav Halak: A

This might be general manager Don Sweeney’s best signing, both because of how Halak has performed since joining Boston as an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2018, and how his play has helped buy Tuukka Rask well-deserved rest. Halak is tied for sixth in the NHL with a .930 save percentage. Most importantly, he never complains about playing time, he just does the job when called upon.

Tuukka Rask: A

Just when the haters were going to call his 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs performance a three-month fluke, Rask has come out of the gates as hot as he was in June with a .931 save percentage. And he’s been playing two games for everyone one Halak plays. He’d allowed more than three goals just three times through his first 15 starts.

And, of course, there was the save of the year against Buffalo:

Providence edition

Max Lagace: A

It’s worth looking down to Providence to see how the goalies are doing because of Halak’s unsigned status beyond this season; he can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

All Lagace has done is post a .919 save percentage while leading the AHL with four shutouts. Lagace can also be a UFA this summer, but he could be a cheaper alternative to Halak if Halak decides he wants to find a place to make more money and/or play more.

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