Re: Tuukka Rask??
posted at 12/20/2011 2:04 PM EST
In Response to Re: Tuukka Rask??
[QUOTE]Tuukka is still young, and there are lots of goalies that come out hot, and end up flopping because they were leaned on too much, too early (Lacher, Raycroft, etc.). I think Tuukka is more than content putting up solid numbers on a team that is a cup contender.
Right now, it's Timmy's job to lose, and he hasn't lost it yet. Yes, Tuukka has played unbelievable for a starter, nevermind a back-up; but you can't take starts away from Timmy, because he's done nothing to lose starts.
Something tells me that if they can stay hot for a little while longer, they'll be giving Tuukka a lot more starts down the stretch so that Thomas is fresh come playoff time. And if any team plans on outbidding the B's for Tuukka, the B's will probably get some really, really good draft picks. It doesn't seem you're very familiar with RFA rules; players are pretty much screwed as far as negotiating goes, because other teams will only offer him so much money to avoid giving up too many draft picks.
Posted by TheGuyWithDaThing[/QUOTE]
The old Lacher, Raycroft arguement is getting old. Rask was sensational a couple of years back & has put up very good numbers this season albeit in a limited role. But he is 24 yrs old and any player with a competitive nature wants to play. Rask will be no different. I am sure what happens with Rask in his career has no bearing on what happened to Raycroft or Lacher. He will never know what he can be if he never gets the chance. I am sure come contract negotiations he is not going to want to hear " well Tuukka have you ever heard of Blaine Lacher or Andrew Raycroft?"
Noone is suggesting Rask getting the number 1 job from Thomas. But I would suggest it is in the Bs best interest, Thomas' best interest & Rask's best interest for him to get a few more starts then he is currently getting & to reward Rask, just like Thomas, when it is warranted.
I am familiar with the RFA process & I realize the Bs hold the cards & other teams have to give up compensation for an RFA. However, it has been Chia's MO to treat players fairly & I certainly hope he continues that pattern with a guy who has paid his dues without publically complaining. It would be a slap in the face to Rask for Chia to play hardball with him as an RFA. In the event Chia feels they will continue with Thomas going into his '40s then be fair to Rask & deal him so he can get an opportunity to move on in his career as a starter. There are teams who would be willing to trade assets for a potential stud goalie who is in his mid 20s.
Personally, I would keep him with the Bs & give him a larger role going forward but that may not be in the cards for the Bruins. And if not let him go and get some assets for him.
I would not expect Rask to sign again for cheap to play backup for the next couple of seasons behind Thomas. I would not begrudge him if he asked to be dealt as an RFA. It would not be selfish at all after he paid his dues. The only thing that would be selfish is if the organization and fans expected him to continue in his role as 2nd fiddle behind Thomas when he has done everything asked. Regardless of how he may have "the best seat in the house making millions." I am sure he is just as competitive as anyone else who is in that situation and I don't blame him.