Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was playing at less than 100 percent health during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now we know what exactly he was dealing with over the last few weeks.
Rask revealed Friday morning during the B's season-ending media availability that he was playing with a hip injury.
"I have a torn labrum in my hip. I'm going to do surgery," Rask said. "I just don't know what the exact date is, probably within a month. I'll start the recovery process and then we'll see what the future holds after that. Hopefully the recovery goes well and I'll be ready to play hockey at some point next year.
Yikes. All tears are different, but isn’t this the same injury that IT had? I know that he had the impingement as well, but the real concern was the tear in the labrum I think.
I give the guy credit for gutting it out the last two games, but he clearly wasn’t himself. I know that hockey players are a different class in terms of toughness, but why was he even playing with such a serious injury? At least with IT, we can blame it on a misdiagnosis.
Tuukka’s time in Boston appears done. It has been a great run, some of the unfair criticisms aside. I hope he is able to recover and presume his career without any further issues.