By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Tuukka Rask opted out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday morning. Many within the hockey world have been shocked. Bruins normal supervisor Don Sweeney was not.
“I don’t assume it’s any large shock to us, to be trustworthy with you,” Sweeney instructed the media through video convention on Saturday morning. “We’re aware about data possibly earlier than the remainder of the general public is, and this has been a tough determination for Tuukka.”
Clearly, Rask has been battling with the bubble behind the scenes for a while, and his postgame feedback Thursday evening thrust these emotions into the highlight.
The Bruins is not going to attempt to embark on a protracted playoff run with out their beginning goaltender. Right here’s what everybody needed to say about Rask’s determination earlier than, throughout, and after Saturday’s Sport three towards the Carolina Hurricanes.
Common Manger Don Sweeney (Pregame press convention)
“We perceive fully the place Tuukka is coming from. And I don’t assume it’s any large shock to us, to be trustworthy with you. We’re aware about data possibly earlier than the remainder of the general public is, and this has been a tough determination for Tuukka. However the dangolka Bruins are in full help of why he made this determination.”
Any indications from Rask earlier than Saturday?
“In Tuukka’s case, he has a new child at dwelling together with two different younger ladies, and he simply felt that he wanted to be dwelling with them at this specific time. You possibly can’t management the timeline of when the playoffs resumed. Give Tuukka a hell of a variety of credit score for making an attempt to persevere by this and provoke the method to return up and be along with his teammates. As a result of, firstly, that’s what he needs to do. However the priorities are in the precise order and that is what he has to do presently.”
Do you know this was a chance earlier than heading to Toronto?
“He didn’t actually give us a sign that this was completely going to occur. … Through the course of the time up right here, it’s been more and more, increasingly totally different for Tuukka to mentally keep the place he must be. And finally he made the choice that he needed to be in a unique place. I feel all of us perceive that it is a making an attempt time for everyone. … The precedence for Tuukka at this cut-off date, rightfully so, must be his household, and we help that.”
Any sense of this occurring throughout spherical robin?
“He had been making an attempt to battle by it. Mentally, as we stated, this may be a tough train. Once more, I don’t assume I used to be completely caught off guard by the final word determination, as a result of we had had conversations main as much as it. Clearly you’re hopeful; you already know, you’re a greater staff when you’ve your higher gamers. … We’re supporting Tuukka’s determination at this cut-off date.”
Was there a particular household matter that Tuukka wanted to take care of?
“Properly luckily his household is protected and wholesome. However with a new child and two different younger ladies, it’s been difficult. And for Tuukka, as properly. Nothing particular [happened]. We’re lucky that his household is all wholesome and so they’re gonna have their dad again to be round regularly. It’s precisely what Tuukka must do at this cut-off date.”
Did you’ve a dialog with Rask after his postgame feedback?
“No. I imply, once more, nothing particular to his direct feedback. I feel you possibly can rightfully infer that Tuukka was having some powerful time being away on this surroundings. Nothing towards what the NHL has put collectively and the depth of the playoffs. That is playoff hockey. I imply, let’s make no mistake about it. The stakes are excessive and the gamers are invested. And Tuukka, in his personal proper, felt that he wanted to be elsewhere fairly than being right here on this present scenario. And he’s the identical goaltender that went to the Stanley Cup Finals and a Sport 7 final yr, and he’ll be the identical participant once we rise up and working once more subsequent yr. However at this cut-off date, the 2 aren’t associated.”
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara (Postgame press convention)
“I feel that we discovered shortly earlier than the departure of the bus. Clearly our first concern is the well being and security of his household. That’s crucial factor we’re all type of occupied with, and clearly we help Tuukka’s determination. There may be nothing extra vital than your loved ones. At this level we need to guarantee that everyone else respects his privateness. And I feel all of us simply need to want his household the perfect, and that’s it.”
Bruins Alternate Captain Patrice Bergeron (Postgame press convention)
“Clearly we’re supporting him. We’re behind him and we perceive. Household comes first, we’ve at all times stated that. Clearly we’re a decent group on this locker room. We’ve been collectively some time, and supporting one another. So clearly we’re occupied with him and we’re supporting that call.”
On regarding the pressure of being away from household within the bubble…
“Yeah, it’s a fantastic query. It’s clearly not simple. Thank God for know-how and Facetime and having the help of your teammates. I imply, that goes a great distance. I clearly miss them very a lot and attempt to attain out on daily basis and meet up with them. However that being stated, I’m … with the help of my group, I’m making an attempt to be there for them and so they’re there for me. And that’s how I’m making an attempt to take a look at it. But it surely’s not simple. I don’t choose anybody that’s making that call.”
Bruins Heart Charlie Coyle (Intermission interview on tv broadcast, and postgame press convention)
“We respect everybody’s determination. We’re a staff. We love one another. We respect one another. It simply means another person has to step up. Or fairly that, the entire staff has to drag a bit extra. We respect everybody.”
“All of us need Tuuks right here, however we would like what’s greatest for his household. And we clearly respect his determination. However yeah, Tuuks is such an enormous a part of this staff. Everyone knows that. He’s been right here for such a very long time. However we respect it. That’s how it’s. That’s what’s finished. And from then on, we’ve gotta transfer ahead. We’ve gotta come collectively, band collectively, and everybody’s bought a bit extra duty on their shoulders. However we’re able to that. However Tuuks is a tough man to interchange. He’s our goalie. However we’ve full confidence in Jaro and the opposite two [goalies] that we’ve right here as properly. So we’ve simply gotta take extra duty on one another, however that’s one thing we are able to deal with for certain.”
Former Bruins Goaltender Tim Thomas (In an interview with The Eagle Tribune’s Invoice Burt)
“I help Tuukka’s proper to make no matter selection he thinks is greatest for him and his household. Typically different issues in life are extra vital than a sport. I perceive exhausting selections.”
Bruins Goaltender Jaroslav Halak (Postgame press convention)
“Properly clearly we’re right here as one household. There are clearly extra vital issues than hockey in life. So he’s going to be at dwelling. I simply help his determination. I wished proper now to step in and assist the blokes. And I feel they’ll do the identical for me.”
May you inform Tuukka had been scuffling with this determination, and did that sit at the back of your thoughts that you simply would possibly turn out to be the starter?
“No, clearly not. We’re all in the identical scenario. Clearly he’s my teammate and a fantastic man. I simply help any determination he makes. Like I discussed, we’re right here as one staff, one household. We perceive what’s happening. However now we’ve gotta give attention to hockey. I feel at the moment was an instance that we simply must get on the market and attempt to win a sport. … We nonetheless must win a pair extra. It’s going to be exhausting. … It gained’t be simple.”
Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy (Postgame press convention)
“How I discovered, I discovered this morning by Donny. I feel Tuukka went and spoke with Cam [Neely] and Donny about his determination. He relayed that to me. So, we’re not going to vary the best way we play, however it’s a little bit of a shocker at first. It’s your beginning goaltender. He’s a terrific goaltender. However Jaro, we think about.”
On whether or not he felt like this determination was within the making for a while with Rask …
“I feel I’ve an excellent relationship with the gamers. I feel we’re a tight-knit group. All of the wives and the youngsters. That’s the unlucky half about one of many distinctive conditions right here this yr with the playoffs is we’re not all collectively. And that is likely one of the — I feel — rewards of creating the playoffs is you get the households, the youngsters, the wives, they’re all collectively and in it collectively. And there’s good reminiscences from that for everyone.
“However with Tuukka I used to be conscious, I do know he had his third daughter this spring and it was on his thoughts leaving right here. And he wished to get some issues settled at dwelling. However after that, it’s his enterprise, and I don’t get into it except he needs to debate it with me. I feel each participant is a bit bit totally different that method. I actually talked with Tuukka by coaching camp, et cetera. However he made the choice to return [to Toronto] so I assumed every little thing was good at dwelling. However you already know deep down that there could also be a chance, as Donny stated.
“However you possibly can’t dwell on that. We have now a staff to prepare. I do know it sounds chilly, however the skilled a part of it’s you’ve gotta get a staff to get able to play for the Stanley Cup, after which nonetheless be there for Tuukka for no matter he wants. In order that’s what we’re doing. And at the moment we bought a win. We’d like two extra to win the collection, and that’ll be our focus. And I’ll actually discover time to succeed in out to Tuukka on the acceptable time and guarantee that he’s doing properly and his household’s doing properly.”
On the doable constructive spin of the Bruins now understanding their goalie is 100 % invested …
“Yeah I feel there’s validity in what you’re saying in that now that the scenario has finality in it and that Jaro’s our man. And once more we’ve gotta get a backup prepared for Jaro. There’s been a bit little bit of competitors there. However on the finish of the day you need to attempt to belief your participant’s professionalism, they’ll be able to play. And I believed Tuukka practiced exhausting, performed properly for us within the first two video games towards Carolina. That a part of it you gotta be a bit bit cautious as a coach with a veteran man who’s been within the league, had the run he had final yr, Vezina Trophy nominee. He’s an excellent goaltender, he’ll get stuff squared away and use his time properly to do this right here. However once more, household comes first, and that call was made.
“So, sure, then we transfer on. I do know it sounds chilly however on the skilled a part of it, we’ve a job to do right here. We transfer on. It’s Jaro in internet. After which be there for Tuukka, as I stated earlier. In order that’s our sport plan proper now. Completely happy for Jaro, and I’m certain Tuukka is as properly. They’ve a fantastic relationship, and I’m certain he’s comfortable for his teammates, Tuukka, that we bought the win. So it’s not like there’s an animosity there. He’s simply making an attempt to maintain his household, and we’re making an attempt to maintain enterprise right here in Toronto.”