Bruins Goaltender Tuukka Rask Granted Leave Of Absence
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has taken a leave of absence due to a "personal matter," the team said Friday.
The veteran goaltender was “granted a leave of absence relating to a personal matter,” read a one-sentence statement released by the team.
General manager Don Sweeney, who spoke to reporters after practice Friday, offered no further details on Rask's absence, except to say that it was not health-related.
Rask did not participate in Friday's practice.
The Bruins are expected to fill Rask's roster spot with a goaltender from AHL Providence, either Zane McIntyre or Dan Vladar.
Coach Bruce Cassidy said Jaroslav Halak could play both games this weekend, home matchups against Vegas and Toronto.
Rask has struggled this season, going 4-4-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage. He allowed three goals on 14 shots in Thursday's 8-5 loss to Vancouver.