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01-09-2013, 09:07 AM
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Tuukka Rask’s time finally arrives .

“He’s definitely a competitor, so I think he’s wanted this for a long time,” winger Shawn Thornton, Rask’s Charlestown neighbor and frequent carpool buddy, said yesterday at the players’ informal skate at Boston University. “We’ve had confidence in him ever since he got here, so I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with it. I think he’s going to do big things, because he’s been waiting for it for a while.”

The 25-year-old Rask, once considered by some the top goalie prospect in the world, came to the Bruins in June 2006 on one of the most productive weekends in recent club history. With interim general manager Jeff Gorton heading the draft table in Vancouver, the B’s not only swapped goalie Andrew Raycroft to Toronto for Rask, but they drafted Phil Kessel (later traded for picks that begat Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton), Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.


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“He’s definitely a competitor, so I think he’s wanted this for a long time,” winger Shawn Thornton, Rask’s Charlestown neighbor and frequent carpool buddy, said yesterday at the players’ informal skate at Boston University. “We’ve had confidence in him ever since he got here, so I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with it. I think he’s going to do big things, because he’s been waiting for it for a while.”

The 25-year-old Rask, once considered by some the top goalie prospect in the world, came to the Bruins in June 2006 on one of the most productive weekends in recent club history. With interim general manager Jeff Gorton heading the draft table in Vancouver, the B’s not only swapped goalie Andrew Raycroft to Toronto for Rask, but they drafted Phil Kessel (later traded for picks that begat Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton), Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.


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uh oh.. i hope he doesn't get the "shawn thornton carpool buddy curse".

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I'm excited to see what Tuukka can do full time. He was brilliant the year he started, and in that first round series against Buffalo.

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Let's see if he can stay healthy too. I'm still not sold on his durability.

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“He’s definitely a competitor, so I think he’s wanted this for a long time,” winger Shawn Thornton, Rask’s Charlestown neighbor and frequent carpool buddy, said yesterday at the players’ informal skate at Boston University. “We’ve had confidence in him ever since he got here, so I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with it. I think he’s going to do big things, because he’s been waiting for it for a while.”

The 25-year-old Rask, once considered by some the top goalie prospect in the world, came to the Bruins in June 2006 on one of the most productive weekends in recent club history. With interim general manager Jeff Gorton heading the draft table in Vancouver, the B’s not only swapped goalie Andrew Raycroft to Toronto for Rask, but they drafted Phil Kessel (later traded for picks that begat Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton), Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.


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I always was disappointed PC gave Gorton the boot. That off-season was tremendous. I assume PC had a good deal of influence on that but still, he struck me as a quality hockey guy.

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Shortened season will be good for Tuuk... Start 40 or so games and be fresh and ready for the play-offs...He won't tire out this year, that's for certain. Predicting Vezina finalist like stats for him...

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Meh, I'm not a fan. Hoping Boston does not turn back into the goalie carousel it was for the majority of my lifetime.

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Love Tuukka. He's insane. He's been waiting and preparing for this and I have no doubt he's ready.

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uh oh.. i hope he doesn't get the "shawn thornton carpool buddy curse".
that was my first thought as well.

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I have no doubt Tuukka can play at an elite level for us, my worry is whether or not he can do so without popping his groin again

I do think with consistent play though he's less likely to be injured from random pulls

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Let's see if he can stay healthy too. I'm still not sold on his durability.
same here.

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I have no doubt Tuukka can play at an elite level for us, my worry is whether or not he can do so without popping his groin again

I do think with consistent play though he's less likely to be injured from random pulls
I am almost positive this post can be considered baiting.

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All he did last year was post numbers similar to when he was among the best in the league two years ago. Too many people are iffy of him. He will be spectacular this year.

Dominated the lockout too in the Czech league

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Shortened season will be good for Tuuk... Start 40 or so games and be fresh and ready for the play-offs...He won't tire out this year, that's for certain. Predicting Vezina finalist like stats for him...
I'll take 40 games, but that will still require decent consistent backup. In an 82 game season 8 games can be glossed over, but in a 48 game run up I doubt CJ will risk frittering away a potential 16 points in our quest to 55. If Tuuk is required to play 45 or 46 games with inadequate rest then I don't like our chances in the playoffs where he will be the one and only guy.

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It´s a weird feeling. We´ve seen 2 Tuukkas; the heralded focused, quick, elite-level performances, but we´ve also seen the other side, the hot-headed, soft-goal, tired-out Tookie. He´s at the right age now, though, to really be something, so here´s hoping. He´s also my mom´s favourite player, on account of his name. She calls him ¨Tuukkarass¨.

2 uu´s, 2 k´s, 2 points, baby!

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All he did last year was post numbers similar to when he was among the best in the league two years ago. Too many people are iffy of him. He will be spectacular this year.

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Our last goalie had two Vezinas and a Conn Smythe...that's what he will be compared too. I think it's a legitimate doubt that he ever gets close to that. Bruins hockey now is how far do you go in the play-offs...not having a good year, or winning a round. The bar has been set.

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It´s a weird feeling. We´ve seen 2 Tuukkas; the heralded focused, quick, elite-level performances, but we´ve also seen the other side, the hot-headed, soft-goal, tired-out Tookie. He´s at the right age now, though, to really be something, so here´s hoping. He´s also my mom´s favourite player, on account of his name. She calls him ¨Tuukkarass¨.

2 uu´s, 2 k´s, 2 points, baby!
I think he's going to have a great year. Will be mentioned as a Vezina candidate IMO.. I also think he will do well in the play-offs.

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Given time i think he could turn out to be a great goalie.. my concern is fans will want him to win the cup.. con smyth ..and vezina in the first 10 games he plays...
gotta give him time.

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I guess we will see.

I think Tuukka will be good...but will he be great ?? ...time will tell.

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Our last goalie had two Vezinas and a Conn Smythe...that's what he will be compared too. I think it's a legitimate doubt that he ever gets close to that. Bruins hockey now is how far do you go in the play-offs...not having a good year, or winning a round. The bar has been set.
our last goalie had two Vezinas and a Con Smythe and people were still iffy on him as well.

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our last goalie had two vezinas and a con smythe and people were still iffy on him as well.
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Tuuka has already proven too me that he is ready to be the starter. Can't wait too see what he can do with a starting job when he knows it's his.

The fact that he knows the job is his could be either good or bad. I think his attitude is in the right place to do well. Expect big things from him this year.

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I wonder if we will see any Tuukka temper tantrums ?

I like a goalie with attitude.

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I wonder if we will see any Tuukka temper tantrums ?

I like a goalie with attitude.
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I can't wait for him to get out there and start his own legacy out of the Thomas shadow. Go Rask!!!

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