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by Paul on 06/02/12 at 12:15 PM ET
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Now, if Rask is truly the No. 1 stopper so many believe, the pickle is a miniature dill and not one of those humongous deli numbers. I’m not as convinced as others about Rask. Great kid (age 25). Superb toolkit. But an elite stopper? We have seen hints of that over the last three seasons, during which he has won 51 times, including seven postseason victories in 2010. Overall, it’s still a fairly small sample, and we only have to look as far back as Andrew Raycroft to see that glimpses of promise don’t always deliver full proof.
Khudobin, a year older than Rask, has five NHL victories (four with the Wild), and a roster spot as Rask’s backup stands to be his first regular NHL hitch. No telling what the Bruins have in him, although he looked capable during workouts in his short end-of-season stay in Boston. Had he not been injured, Chiarelli wouldn’t have had to pluck Marty Turco out of Austria to serve as Thomas’s relief when Rask was sidelined with a severe abdominal injury.
As of now, it looks as if the Bruins must bid adieu to Thomas for a whole lot of hope and varying degrees of wannabe in Rask and Khudobin. Maybe it turns out OK, perhaps even for the better. But for the moment, Boston’s net position has been downgraded from sure thing to work in progress. For the most important position on the ice, that makes Friday’s news one tough puck to swallow.
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