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The Bruins Goaltending Situation

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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If the Bruins can’t trade Thomas because he sits out a year they are in even bigger trouble. They need to be able to sign Marchand and Lucic so giving up Thomas and his salary would be worth it. If Rask stays healthy he’s the better long term solution. Plus there are a few veteran free agents out there they may be able to get cheap.

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Posted by Tony from Boston on 06/02/12 at 12:47 PM ET

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I think he sees the handwriting on the wall and doesn’t want to have to compete with Rask for the No. 1 Goaltender position. 

If the Bruins want to go with Rask then they should move Thomas.  It’s a business decision at this point.  Thomas is 38 Rask in his 20’s.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/02/12 at 02:11 PM ET

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I think he sees the handwriting on the wall and doesn’t want to have to compete with Rask for the No. 1 Goaltender position. 

Yeah, that’s probably it.  He’s worried that, as a Vezina and Conn Smythe winner, he’s worried he won’t be able to beat out Rask.

If the Bruins want to go with Rask then they should move Thomas.  It’s a business decision at this point.  Thomas is 38 Rask in his 20’s.

You do realize that nobody’s going to trade for a guy who is considering taking the season off, right?

Posted by Garth on 06/02/12 at 03:18 PM ET

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Maybe the Bolts?

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 06/02/12 at 04:02 PM ET

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You do realize that nobody’s going to trade for a guy who is considering taking the season off, right?

Posted by Garth on 06/02/12 at 01:18 PM ET

Maybe you go with a *wink-wink-nudge* agreement with a cap floor team to trade Thomas for a conditional pick?

Hell, it may be worth a late-rounder to a club to have $3M of salary that they’re not actually paying count against their cap.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/02/12 at 05:14 PM ET

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