Re: Is it only a matter of time before Tuukka asks for a trade?
posted at 10/27/2011 2:11 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Is it only a matter of time before Tuukka asks for a trade?
Funny that this thread is so active on the day Dupont writes about the value of having to compete for your ice. Honestly, as a Bruins fan, my interest in what's best for Rask extends to what's best for him to be the best possible goaltender for the Bruins now and in the future - if he stays. If it's better for Tuukka to go to Tampa because he'll go to the top of the depth chart...I don't care. If it meant the Lightning sent Stamkos back, great - but then it's not about what's best for Tuukka. Rask's job right now is to do what the team asks of him - to play his best hockey when between the pipes and to smile for the camera as he opens the gate the rest of the time. If he is unhappy with that and asks for a trade, and if the Bruins don't find a trade worth considering or simply don't want to trade him, then he needs to be a professional and suck it up knowing that he's a free agent at the end of the year. If he's really that much of a stud looking for a chance to shine, someone will offer him loony money. If not, he'll have to put his money where his mouth is and refuse to take a pay cheque until Boston deals his negotiating rights. In the meantime, if he wants to be a #1 goalie, he needs to play like the #1 goalie on this team. Thomas wiped the mat with him last year. Wake up, Rumpelstitskin.
Posted by Bookboy007
Great in theory but this isn't a video game. It isn't NHL 2012 on playstation. You are dealing with the human element and Tuukka has been sucking it up since 2009 rather then sitting on the bench pouting making every excuse in the book.
This will be an issue going forward no matter how many people try to diminish the issue. The organization has to start giving Rask more playing time or deal him to improve the team and give Rask the opportunity to move on with his career.
Obviously, if the Bs deal him they have to get fair market value. But it is simply unfair and unrealistic for an organization & a portion of the fanbase to expect a 24 yr old potential # 1 goalie to sit on the bench for multiple years & continue to play a backup role while the clock on his career continues to tick.
If the guy hasn't showed he could do the job then I would understand. But the guy put up outstanding #'s in 2009 (22-12 with a 1.97 GAA & .931 save %) when he played consistently & to use your phrase "wiped the mat with Thomas in 2009 as a 22 yr old". I realize CJ's defence first system has inflated those #'s somewhat but those are some staggering numbers similar to Thomas's last season.
If I was Tuukka's agent I would go to the Bruins front office & say "Tuukka is a FA at the end of the season. What are your plays going forward?" Given Chia's comments that may have already occurred.
If they don't see a different role going forward I would ask the organization to send me somewhere else where I would get an increased role so I could maximize my value in a new contract & continue my development entering my prime years.
To me that is common sense. He has played the team 1st role the past couple of seasons & has paid his dues to the organization. But if it is me, I would be getting ansy about the situation & how it is effecting my career.